Frying courgette flowers is a simple way to bring out their natural fragrance, and create the ultimate summer Greek mezze! That’s the dish that sings the song of early summer. Even though this is a gourmet recipe, this amazing dish requires just 4 ingredients and it is appropriate for kitchen newbies.
Open the flower petals, remove the stamens and trim the courgette stems. Carefully wash the flowers and dry them on a towel.
Heat the oil in a skillet pan over medium heat.
In a large reusable food storage bag combine the flour and salt. Tip the blossoms into the bag, close the bag, and shake it gently.
Shake off the excess flour; sauté them in the oil, without crowding the pan.
Using a slotted spoon, flip the blossoms after 1’. Cook until golden brown, 2'-3' total.
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Courgette blooms are fried in sunflower seed oil, which is extremely light in taste and complements the delicacy and fragrance of the flowers. Ouzo is by far Greece's most famous alcoholic beverage. This is an ouzo-friendly Greek mezze to pair with aromatic Greek ouzo — a quintessentially Greek gastronomic experience. Ouzo, raki, and tsipouro are Greece’s traditional spirits, served as welcome and goodbye offerings, and the most typical souvenirs from Greece!
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; the female flowers are attached on the courgettes. They both have a bright yellow colour. Male flowers that grow on stems are bigger than the female blossoms and are hard to find at the grocery store or farmers’ market. Female blossoms are smaller but they taste the same as the male. Female blossoms are highly 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.