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Fields, Forests & Wetlands Foods of Eastern North America

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Season: Summer

Urban, Rural or Both: Planted in vegetable gardens

The male flowers (thin stem between the vine and flower) are the best to use, as you will prevent the pumpkin, squash or zucchini from forming the fruit if you take the female flower. The female flower has a tiny version of the fruit between the vine and flower.

The most common use is to dip them in batter and fry them. There are many different batters you can try. Tempura batters work very well with these flowers.

The flowers come out early in the day, and that is when to gather them. Make the batter first, go out and get however many you want to use, dip and deep fry right away. They don't last, you have to have everything ready and pick, dip, and fry.


zucinni flower

Zucchini Male Flower. Squash and Pumpkin look the same.

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Important Notes when Identifying
Rules & Cautions
Dangerous Plants to Avoid Touching

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