Summertime is in full swing now and the farmer’s markets are brimming with delicious herbs, fruits, and vegetables. I was lucky enough to come across these gorgeous zucchini blossoms from a local farm and snatched them up to make some delicious zucchini fritters! Zucchini is easy to grow and the vigorous plant produces these beautiful fragile orange blossoms that are edible festive and mysteriously delicious. Be aware though that if you pick the blossom then the plant will not produce the fruit. You can also substitute any squash blossom like pumpkin blossoms.
In my family we plant zucchini specifically for the blossoms and this is our family recipe passed down from my Italian grandmother. It’s a simple combination of flour and baking powder combined with the blossoms to create a batter with the consistency of pancake batter. You can add an egg if you’d like or some parmesan cheese but I prefer them simple to allow the subtle flavor and texture of the delicate blossoms to come through.
Using a tablespoon you drop the batter into a hot frying pan with olive oil. Simply turn them over once and remove when golden brown. Drain on paper towels, salt and serve immediately.
These fritters are a real summertime treat. Find this and other delicious seasonal recipes like gazpacho and Sally’s Red White and Blue Trifle which would be a perfect dessert this 4th of July in our whatwouldmomsay cookbook. Happy Independence Day!