Fresh zucchini blossoms can be eaten raw or cooked and eaten.
Many chefs remove the pistils from
female flowers, and stamens from male
flowers, although both of these are
edible and have flavor. The male stamen
contains the pollen. There are a lot
more male squash blossoms than female
and they begin blooming earlier. Zucchini
blossoms can be found during the summer
months and many Greenmarkets.
Combining Zucchini blossoms
and saffron is a common dish in Italy
with varying pasta used. Both fresh
pasta and dried pasta work well.
added flavor after the pasta has cooked
3/4 of the recommended time the remaining
cooking time is done with a small
amount of chicken stock which is both
absorbed by the pasta and adds to
the final sauce. We boil the chicken
stock in a separate pot, add the saffron
and let rest as a first step. The
blossoms are corseley chopped and
added at the end with a small amount
of creme fraishe or marscopone.