squash blossoms: a story.

August 29, 2011

squash blossom 1squash blossom 2squash blossom 3 soft and rumply and gone before you know it.

and that last bit? that’s the best part about eating with the seasons. participating in the fleeting wonder of a tiny moment. the squash blossoms, the knobby heirloom tomatoes, the sugar baby watermelons–we’ll have them all again, but in just a few weeks the next time will be a long way off.

james has been working for a farmer who drives down from his place on the hudson river to sell in fort greene. weekly boxes of squash blossoms have been only one of the perks.  we’ve been eating the blossoms in our salads, sauteed with sweet corn and folded into quesadillas, melted down into fresh summer pasta sauces. we haven’t fried them yet. but soon. and then poof. they’ll be gone as quickly as they came and we’ll be on to enjoying the next best thing.

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  • Reply chaithoughts August 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I love eating with the seasons. We've gotten a CSA share for the first time this year, and I love it. It's so fun to find creative ways to use up all that produce.

  • Reply Mal August 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I loove squash blossoms, one of my very favorite seasonal items!


  • Reply AbbieBabble August 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Beautifully stated. I'm feeling that way about peaches these days. But once they're gone, we'll be on to really delicious apples. Right now, though, they're the most amazing fruits in the world.

  • Reply Daniella August 29, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Oops, don't know if my comment went though… I've only had these once before though… they were so good. I have to pick some up to try cooking myself!

  • Reply Rebekka Seale August 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Ahhh! I can't find squash blossoms anywhere here in Nashville…and can't understand why? Those are lovely…so delicious.

  • Reply Sweet Harvest Moon August 29, 2011 at 4:36 pm


  • Reply caroline August 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    yum, is right!

  • Reply s a m August 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Martha wrote about squash blossoms this month too! I've been dying to try these beauties. The rich yellow-orange of your photos is encouraging me.

    I heard they're good fried (…but really, what isn't good fried?)

  • Reply rebecca August 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I'm such a loser. I have no idea what to do with squash blossoms or what they even taste like.

  • Reply Katie August 30, 2011 at 12:37 am

    I've never tried these! How on earth do you cook them?!

  • Reply Erin August 30, 2011 at 12:46 am

    @sam agreed. i'm a total sucker for friend food. @rebecca loser? certainly not! and @katie sorry i'm no good at posting actual recipes!

    a little more about the blossoms: they taste a lot like the vegetable they come from–summer squash! usually only the male squash blossoms are harvested, because harvesting the female blossom would mean stunting the growth of the squash itself! before you cook, remove the stamen (remember learning the parts of flower in grade school?) and gently rinse. we've been mostly gently heating our blossoms or eating them raw. tonight we added them to a fresh heirloom tomato sauce. go wild!

  • Reply lynette September 3, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Beautiful! I love squash blossoms. They're really tasty in quesadillas šŸ™‚

  • Reply Andi of My Beautiful Adventures September 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    What a beautiful post!

  • Reply Laura September 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I've never had a successful experience with squash blossoms but I'm determined to continue trying! Sounds like you two have plenty of wonderful ideas for how to use them… I'm thinking a quesadilla is just about right!

  • Reply Rebecca - A Daily Something October 12, 2011 at 12:28 am

    I'm so bummed! I intended to rescue the squash blossoms before Irene hit, and I think they're all gone now. What do they even taste like? I wanted to throw them into an omelet.

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