An ethereal must of late spring and summer tables: Delicate and colourful in equal measures zucchini flowers are always an exciting find at the market.
While the flowers are a welcome arrival on the menu, often found deep fried on italian tables, some recipes can mask their colour and fragility.
Here are a handful of inspired ideas on how to cook zucchini flowers that extend beyond the deep fryer, and highlight the versatility of this seasonal treat, four ways.
Zucchini Flower Recipes
Stuffed Zuccini Flowers
Try this exquisitely simple recipe for zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta from chef Martin Dalsass at Santabbondio restaurant where the candied tomatoes add the well deserved finishing touch. Check out our other tempting stuffed zucchini flower recipes for more variations on a theme.
Deep Fried Zucchini
Hooked on light and crisply delicately deep fried zucchini flowers? Try this delicious appetizer recipe from chef Chris Denney where the flowers are deep fried in tempura batter and served with tomino cheese, a typical cow's milk cheese from northern Italy. Here's the recipe: deep fried zucchini flower with tomino cheese.
Smoked Zucchini Flowers
This gourmet recipe from chef Antonia Klugmann showcases zucchini flowers in all their glory and served with freshly made mustard. Get the recipe here for smoked zucchini flower served with its own mustard.
Dried Zucchini Flowers
For dedicated homecooks up for a challenge this is the recipe for the delicate and ambitious vegan dish presented by Italian chef Daniela Cicioni at 'The Vegetarian Chance' challenge of corn couscous with smoked almond curds showcasing salted and dried zucchini flowers.