If you're getting ready to plant this spring, be sure to plant some zucchini plants. WHY? Because I have an easy and tasty recipe for Zucchini Blossom Pizza, that's why!
When to harvest zucchini blossoms
When you start seeing blossoms like these on your zucchini plants it's time to harvest them. At approximately 4 to 5 weeks is the magic number! Harvest time is typically best first thing in the morning.
How to harvest zucchini blossoms
First, you’ll need to identify the male from the female blossoms. I’m going to get scientific here for a moment so please bear with me.
Do you know what a stamen is? Look in the middle of the flower, there’s a long stem like coming out of it which are covered with pollen (check out my picture) - the arrow is pointing at the stamen.
Difference between a male versus female zucchini blossoms
The blossoms with the shorter (multiple) stamen in the middle are females, whereas, the ones with the longer (single) stems are males. Also, look at the back of the flower ~ the ones with a rounder base is the female. That round base, will eventually be what you know as the zucchini plant. The male blossom will not have this, but instead, you'll just see one long stem attached to the blossom. Easy!
There’s no difference in flavor between a male or female blossom, BUT, one thing to remember, when harvesting out the female ones, you’ll have less zucchini to harvest later on, since it will not be able to pollinate. So be sure to leave a few.
Gather up your ingredients
With the zucchini blossoms, get some Naan bread (or whatever pizza crust you want to use), onion, garlic, mozzarella and parmesan cheese ~ along with olive oil !
How to prepare your Zucchini Blossom Pizza
Remember these are delicate so clean them carefully. Since I plant my own, and don't use any chemicals, I just use a pasty brush to gently brush the dirt right off. Set aside. And I cook it the same day. So remember that ~ since these blossoms are so delicate, try to cook and eat them the same day you harvest them. If necessary, you can store them in the refrigerator for no more than a day or so.
You have the option of chopping or using the blossoms whole on your pizza. I chopped mine. They cook down, so in this recipe I used twelve zucchini blossoms.
On a skillet over medium heat, I added olive oil , then sautéed garlic and onions for just a few minutes, enough to caramelize them. Added the zucchini blossoms until they wilt, about two minutes.
Placed all the sautéed ingredients on top of the naan bread, topped with mozzarella cheese and put in a 350 degree oven for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve! YUM!
Doesn't that sound easy enough? Let me know if this would be something you'd like to try. Will you be planting zucchini blossoms in your neck of the woods? Would LOVE to hear it!!
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