EXPLORING ZUCCHINI FLOWERS: FRESHNESS AND FLAVOUR
These vibrant, delicate blooms are a popular ingredient in many cuisines around the world. Here's what you should know about zucchini flowers:
Zucchini flowers typically have bright, golden-yellow petals that surround the reproductive parts of the flower.
1. There are two main types: male and female flowers. Male flowers are larger and have a long, slender stem and no zucchini attached, while female flowers have a smaller flower and a tiny zucchini attached at the base.
Zucchini flowers are highly seasonal and are typically available during the spring and early summer months. They are at their freshest and most abundant during this time.
3. SELECTING THE BEST
Look for zucchini flowers that appear fresh and vibrant, without any signs of wilting. If the flower holds a baby zucchini, check that it's firm, slender, and boasts a glossy green appearance.
4. PROPER STORAGE
Use Promptly: Zucchini flowers, especially the blooms, are quite delicate and should be used within 1-2 days of purchase for peak freshness.
Extend Shelf Life: If your zucchini flowers include the baby zucchini, prolong their freshness by wrapping them in a damp paper towel and storing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
5. COMPLIMENTRY FLAVOURS
Anchovies, basil, capers, chilli, coriander seeds, dill, eggplants, feta, garlic, lemon, mint, onions, oregano, parmesan, parsley, pine nuts, rice, ricotta, seafood, tomatoes, walnuts, vinegar, yoghurt.
3 DELICIOUS WAYS TO ENJOY ZUCCHINI FLOWERS
Ricotta Stuffed: Fill zucchini flowers with a mixture of fresh ricotta cheese, grated parmesan, and fragrant basil. Roast or fry them until they turn a lovely golden brown, delivering a creamy, flavourful experience.
Tempura: Dip zucchini flowers in a light tempura batter for a crispy texture contrast. Shallow fry them in vegetable oil until they achieve a beautiful golden hue. Serve with lemon wedges and a pinch of sea salt.
Simple Roasting: For a straightforward yet delicious option, drizzle zucchini flowers, along with the attached baby zucchini, with olive oil. Season to taste and roast them until just tender.
With Fruitezy's premium zucchini flowers, your culinary adventures are set to shine. Enjoy the unique, slightly nutty flavour of these golden blossoms. Happy cooking!