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Zucchini flowers: what are they, benefits and when to pick them up

The zucchini flowers are quite a delicacy. With these beautiful and striking orange-yellow flowers we can accompany many dishes and even pr...

The zucchini flowers are quite a delicacy. With these beautiful and striking orange-yellow flowers we can accompany many dishes and even present them as an entree by simply preparing them in batter or in tempura, stuffed, sautéed or even accompanying salads.

Zucchini flowers are much appreciated in the haute cuisine of many countries such as Italian cuisine, Japan, Mexico … In fact, in Spain there are more and more restaurants that we can see that offer zucchini flowers in their letters.

Zucchini flowers: what are they, benefits and when to pick them up

Also in the market, supermarkets and in stores that dispense organic products is more and more frequent to see for sale flowers of zucchini or pumpkin.

The flavor of the zucchini flower is delicate, has a sweet touch, and slightly reminiscent of the taste of almonds .

If you have a small vegetable garden and cultivate your own zucchini in the following lines we indicate when is the best time to collect your flowers, and how to keep them until the time of cooking.

We must keep in mind that there are two types of flowers in the zucchini bush, the female flower and the male flower.

The ideal is to pick the male flowers and leave the feminine ones so that the zucchini grow in them, unless we have a greater amount as far as zucchini plantation is concerned.

What are zucchini flowers?

As we mentioned before, the truth is that  zucchini flowers have become a delicacy, highly valued in the gastronomy and the most avant-garde cuisine . However, did you know that it has always been noted for being a very present ingredient in many cuisines in the world? Thus, for example, we can find a wide variety of recipes that use this food as an ingredient. This is the case of Italian cuisine, Mexican cuisine or even Japanese cuisine.

Its intense yellow color and large size and flared appearance make it an easily distinguishable plant. In addition, we can easily find them either at the top of the zucchini itself (with a smaller and fleshy pistil), or at the margin (with a longer stem, and a thin pistil).

How to Differentiate Zucchini Flowers Easily

Maybe you ask yourself the following question and how to differentiate them? In order to differentiate them we will notice that the masculine flowers are located to the margin , they have a long stem, elongated calyx, thin pistil and stamens, whereas the feminine flowers have pistil shorter, and the leaves of the chalice are more fleshy, and they are in The top of the fruit.

Both the male flower and the female flower can be eaten, but it is advisable to pick the masculine ones and leave the feminine ones in the bush so that the zucchini grow as we have said previously.

Zucchini flowers: what are they, benefits and when to pick them up

The best time to collect them is in the morning when they are open, they open only a few hours, once a day, time for the wise nature to fulfill its function, pollination through insects and wind.

We can pick them up also when they are closed, it will depend on the recipe that we are going to elaborate at that moment.

Once we have collected them, we will wash them, carefully opening them a bit and cutting the pistil which is what usually gives a bit bitter touch to the flower.

Carefully dry them and keep them in the refrigerator in a covered container until the time of cooking.

If we do not cook them that day, we can keep them in water and in the refrigerator to keep them crispy.

Then we must take into account that we only last about 2 days at most, if not lose the freshness and flavor that characterizes them.

And what nutritional properties and benefits do these striking flowers bring us?

Zucchini flowers are rich in antioxidants, rich in water and fiber, and rich in minerals such as potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B, beta caratene or vitamin A.

Being rich in antioxidants prevent us from aging our body cells, and above all, its richness in antioxidants helps us prevent the negative action of free radicals.

The amount of water and fiber confer the diuretic properties and light laxative, which will help us to eliminate the toxins that are accumulating in our organism, and facilitating also the good intestinal transit.

On the other hand we could not forget that they are a very light food, with no fat and whose caloric intake is really low. It thus becomes a delicious nutritional option for salads, particularly in slimming diets.

Once you know how beneficial and nutritious zucchini flowers are, do you dare to try them by preparing a recipe with them?

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