I’m really getting into this gardening thing. I love the days that I’m home early and Cayden is taking her nap and I can just go outside and work in the garden. I was out there today and took some pictures. Here is a view from under the zucchini plant. You can see the biggest zucchini growing on the bottom where the blossom/flower is.
I went inside and googled zucchini plants because I wanted to see how long it took to grow the vegetables. I learned that there are male and female zucchini blossoms – the male ones are on a thin stem and do not produce any food and the female ones are at the end of the actual zucchini (like in the picture above). Then I found out that the flowers are edible and that there were all these rave reviews about how tasty they were when battered and fried. So I got the grand idea to make me some.
Here is a male blossom (left) and female (right).
I got a total of four blossoms that looked like they were ready to be picked.
I washed them off…
After washing them and cutting off the stems, there is a little piece inside that looks like a mushroom. Mackenzie thought they looked funny and took a picture. They do look like little mushrooms or little brains…
I found a simple recipe for the batter:
But it didn’t mention adding any liquid so I just added milk. I have no idea how much, and it probably wasn’t enough because the batter was very thick.
I am NO good at frying anything – I always seem to burn it or not turn it up high enough. But I was going to give it a try. I poured my oil in the pan and turned the burner on high, just like the instructions said. I waited for it to heat up and then dipped the first blossom in batter. I put it in the frying pan and within seconds it was already turning black. There was so much oil splattering everywhere that I knew this just wasn’t going to turn out well. I finished dipping the rest of the blossoms in the batter and put them in the oil. I managed to turn them all over without getting severely burnt and then took them out of the pan. Here is what they looked like:
Looks tasty, doesn’t it??! The kids were going to try it but took one look and ran out of the kitchen. They were supposed to look like this:
I cut one open and took a look:
After peeling away the burnt covering, everything else was actually very tasty. The batter was very good, even though there was a little too much…it was almost like a biscuit. Even Mackenzie came back and tried some. I’ll definitely be trying these again when I get some more blossoms 🙂