Wine and Food Pairing
The crispy courgette flowers Greek mezze are fried in sunflower seed oil which is extremely light in taste and almost flavorless, and thus they retain the naturally sweet, soft and delicate aroma of the raw courgette blossoms. There is a balance between the aroma of the oil and the aroma of the blossoms with none overpowering the other. Crispy courgette flowers have a delicate taste, so an aromatic white wine defined by a dominant floral aroma or a full bodied white wine which tastes rich and has a well-rounded flavor are great choices. In Greece, this ephemeral Greek mezze of summer is often served with ouzo, raki or tsipouro.
How to prepare and store courgette flowers
During the heat of summer you can find at your local farmers market courgettes with flowers still attached. Do not throw away the flowers because they are not only edible but also beautiful delicacies. There are two different types of flowers - the male and the female; the male flowers bear no fruit and the female flowers are attached on the courgettes. They both have a bright yellow color. Male flowers that grow on stems are bigger than the female blossoms and they are hard to find at a grocery store or a farmers market. The female blossoms are smaller but they taste the same. The female blossoms are extremely perishable and should be used as soon as possible after purchase, preferably within a day; you can store them overnight in the refrigerator; you should remove the stamens and trim the courgette stems and store them inside a reusable food container or a reusable bag. If you want to store male flowers, remove the stamens and place one inside the other; if they remain stacked one inside of the other, they retain their perfect cone shape; store them inside a reusable food container or a reusable bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.