Zucchini plants produce 2 types of flowers – male and female at a rate of 3:1. While either will work for this recipe, using the male flowers allows the zucchini plant to continue normal production. Only the female flowers will turn into fruit and an over-abudnance of male polinating flowers exist to make sure that all the females are able to produce. Female blossoms can be identified by the small ball on their stem at the base of the flower head. Male flowers have a plain stem going into the flower itself.
The blossoms and stems will likely be prickly before they are cooked, but they soften significantly. They will taste like mild squash, not at all like flowers. Continue reading