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Squash Blossoms Prove Some Flowers Are Meant For Eating

Some flowers are meant for eating.
07/18/2012 09:06am ET | Updated July 21, 2014

Squash, both yellow and green, is a definite highlight of summer, but the real treat is really the squash blossom. These beautiful, dainty flowers offer a gentle flavor of zucchini and yellow squash, in a delicate package that tastes great fried but also as is, on its own.

Squash blossoms are most often stuffed with ricotta, battered and fried. While that preparation may be hard to top, there are so many more possibilities for this yellow edible flower. With no prep work, squash blossoms go right on top of pizza ready for the oven. They can fill tacos and breakfast frittatas, and can top soups and salads.

If you're looking for a little less fried food in your life this summer, you can still enjoy stuffed squash blossoms -- they taste great stuffed without getting deep-fried. If you're all in favor of the fried approach (amen), squash blossoms make great fritters -- especially when mixed with parmesan and basil. Finally, while most people make savory dishes with squash blossoms, they also taste great when fried and dusted with sugar and cinnamon. (Sorry, fried-food foes. They're just amazing that way!)

From soups to fritters to muffins, you can add squash blossoms to just about any meal. Here are 19 ways with this delicate flower.

1
Squash Blossom And Pancetta Pizza
What's Gaby Cooking
Get the Squash Blossom and Pancetta Pizza recipe by What's Gaby Cooking
2
Chickpea And Poppy Seed Batter Fried Squash Blossom
eCurry
3
Squash Blossom Quesadillas
Cooking with my Kid
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4
Squash Blossom Frittata
Seaweed and Sassafras
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5
Zucchini Blossom Fritters
The Parsley Thief
Get the Zucchini Blossom Fritters recipe by The Parsley Thief
6
Squash Blossom Soup
Kitchen Konfidence
Get the Squash Blossom Soup recipe by Kitchen Konfidence
7
Shrimp-Stuffed Squash Blossoms
Perfect Morsel
Get the Shrimp-Stuffed Squash Blossoms recipe by Perfect Morsel
8
Grilled Squash Blossom Pizza
bell'allimento
Get the Grilled Squash Blossom Pizza recipe from bell'allimento
9
Squash Blossoms Stir Fry With Coconut
Vazhayila.com
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10
Squash blossoms Stuffed With Fava Beans, Quinoa And Chevre
Eat Love Drink
11
Savoury Cherry Tomato Clafoutis With Basil, Goat's Cheese And Squash Blossom
Food Blog and the Dog
12
Crab-Stuffed Squash Blossoms
Thursday Night Smackdown
Get the Crab-Stuffed Squash Blossoms recipe by Thursday Night Smackdown
13
Shaved-Squash Salad with Tomatoes, Zucchini Blossoms, Ricotta, and Thyme Oil
Martha Stewart
14
Squash Blossoms Stuffed With Goat Cheese, Corn And Poblano Pepper
The Year In Food
15
Fiori Dolci
Bell Alimento
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16
Squash Blossom Pizza
Local Lemons
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17
Zucchini Flowers
What Megan's Cooking
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18
Squash-Blossom Frittata
Martha Stewart
Get the Squash-Blossom Frittata recipe from Martha Stewart
19
Maltagliati Pasta with Summer Vegetables
Aida Mollenkamp
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