Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Easy As 1. 2. 3.

Walk out back to the garden (that is growing like crazy!).

Cut some lettuce.
Pick a couple of male Squash Blossoms, making sure not to pick the female blossom on the baby squash.

Rinse the lettuce and squash blossom in ice cold water and drain.

Dip the squash blossom in a beaten egg, dredge in flour, salt and pepper and fry in a small amount of olive oil until golden brown.
Place the fried blossom on top of a grilled chicken, cucumber, tomato and black olive salad.  And enjoy!

That's what I had for lunch today...
Edited to add....I have had some questions about how to tell a male and female squash blossom apart.  The female blossom is at the end of the actual squash.  The male blossom grows on a thin stem and does not produce a vegetable.  Click here for some wonderful recipes (stuffed blossoms, blossom soup etc and pictures to tell the difference between male and female.
Welcome Home,


  1. Hi Penny, looks like your vegie patch is in full production now! How great is it to cut your own fresh vegies! I've never really eaten a squash/zucchini flower before but I've seen it done many a time on tv too so think I'll be giving it a go this year. I had planted some winter seedlings last week but the blasted black birds ate them up! Ahhrr! Might have to throw a net over everything or make a scarecrow .. have to do somethin'.... take care, Maryann

  2. Looks oh-so-yummy! Set another plate! LOL

  3. Okay, I'll bite.. How do you tell a male squash blossom?

  4. Penny, that looks yummy and I have never heard of eating squash blossoms.

  5. I've heard that squash blossoms are edible but wasn't sure how to use them! Thanks so much, Penny. Your garden looks spectacular. Don't you love eating the fresh vegetables?! :-)


  6. Yum! That looks so good & fresh! I've never tried that before. Now how do you know the male from the female?

    If we would only get some sun, I would plant my garden! Now it's probably too late......


  7. Love the new beds..that is so neat to just walk out and get what you want! I have not eaten squash blossoms before but it look so good here! Come say hi :D

  8. I'll be right over;)!

    This looks sooooo yummy! Is there anything better than fresh from the garden?!


  9. I'm admiring your restraint in not titling this piece "Sex in the Garden." LOL! Your lunch looks heavenly! (Sorry to read about the spam troubles. Sadly, I had to go the same route some months ago. When they find you, they don't let go.)

  10. Well, I've learned something. Two things actually. That I could eat this, and how to tell them apart!

  11. I have heard of this, do they taste like squash? I have also sween them stuffed. Maybe I will actually get up the nerve to try these this year:>)

  12. I am pretty sure I flew right over your house yesterday! Well almost. I could see the mountains of NC as I was flying in from Texas and it was a pretty sight. I am sure I spotted your garden...well almost! Your summer salad looks devine.

  13. Your garden looks wonderful! I have a cucumber (only one adult one so far) and it is gigantic, it made me laugh as each morning it was bigger and bigger and is still growing!

  14. I'll be right over Penny-LOL!!! Looks so delish!

  15. I'd never heard of fried squash blossoms - love what I learn from blogs!

  16. I had the best squash blossom soup in Mexico. I wish I knew how to find squash blossoms, since I don't plan on growing pumpkins.


  17. Look how wonderful your garden is! I am so happy for you.

    You taught me something. I definitely did no know how to tell the difference in male and female squash blossoms. I'll have to be sure to impress my husband with this new knowledge.

    And, that salad looks delicious. I know it must have been extra tasty knowing that you grew the ingredients.

  18. Wow Penny, your garden looks great. Seems like it grew fast! The only thing growing fast in mine is weeds Ha!
    Have a great day!

  19. Some summer markets sell squash blossoms here and they cost a small fortune. Maybe I'll see if DH wants to sacrifice a few blossoms from his crop.

    Aren't home grown salads the best?


  20. I'm so looking forward to a garden! This new house thing is getting old. But after today the yard should be ready for planting, if the guy show's up to work on it!

  21. Oh yum! That's my kind of meal!

    Your potager is growing so wonderfully well!


  22. Oh my gosh, that looks delicious and coming right out of your garden, even better! Sandy:O)

  23. O my, your salad looks absolutely delicious. I have grown squash all my life (and, my mother, before me) and didn't have a clue you could eat the blossoms. I just can't WAIT to try this.
    hugs, bj

  24. ok, miss penny, my mouth is watering now! how wonderful to go to your backyard and pick a bounty of produce for dinner. i love squash blossoms and had my first just recently.

    now there's a rumbly in my per pooh bear.


  25. Wow !!!!!!! Looks great Penny and yummy lunch too !

    hugs from a still swollen recuperating from cellulitis from a wisdom teeth removal - gena

  26. Hi Penny, your garden looks spectacular and it looks so pretty too. Your dh did a wonderful job on those raised beds. I have never heard of a male squash bloom. Very interesting and fried it looks delicious on your lovely salad. I know you enjoyed it as well.

    I am taking a bloggy break next week. I have enough trouble finding time for the computer now. next week, impossible. smile.

    Have a wonderful week.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  27. Brilliant Penny. I love the fried squash blossoms! So glad your garden is producing. Your salad looks luscious.

  28. That looks delicious Penny! Nothing like fresh produce from your own garden!

  29. Your garden looks wonderful, Penny, and so does that salad!


  30. That looks super yummy Penny!

  31. Your veggie patches look so french kitchen garden penny! My dear grandmother used to make us fried squash flowers all the time-they are one of my favorite things to eat in the summer & bring back wonderful memories. you inspire me to get frying! xo chris

  32. ahhhh! that is how you tell the difference!! Your garden looks devine - as does that salad :)
    Glad we popped over today for all of your wonderful ideas!
    Karla & Karrie