Posted by: Debra Kolkka | May 20, 2013

Edible flowers

Despite the horrible weather in Italy this spring, delicious new things to eat are appearing. At Patrizia’s fruit and vegetable shop in La Villa this morning I spotted these.


Zucchini flowers…and

IMG_0764pumpkin flowers

…pumpkin flowers. Doesn’t it make you want to buy some, take them home and cook something heavenly?


  1. Those are our idea of heaven! My grandmother use to batter fry them and now my daughter grows zucchini mainly to have the flowers. They are such a wonderful treat.

    • I haven’t tried frying them, but I have stuffed them and they were delicious.

  2. Indeed!

    • They looked so fresh and lovely in the shop.

  3. My favourite . Yum.

    • I remember eating them with you in Lucca.

  4. My! Those are stunning! Are you having any?

    • Of course, I can’t resist them.

  5. Growing up in Australia during the 50s, I don’t recall cooking zucchini flowers or pumpkin flowers, and would have considered that an oddity. Nowadays, we are exposed to the beauty of cooking in different cultures; so, I find experimenting in different food tastes a fascinating experience. I know about cooking zucchini flowers but not pumpkin flowers. Does one cook pumpkin flowers the same way as zucchini flowers or is there a different recipe for those?

    • You would treat them the same way. Pumpkin flowers are just a little bit bigger than zucchini flowers.

  6. They’re beautiful! Are you having any?

  7. I loved eating fried zucchini flowers as a kid. Guess this means I need to find a source!

    • Perhaps you could plant some in your backyard.

      • Well … we have animal issues with gardens.

  8. I just LOVE fiori di zucca and think I might buy some for tonight! Seeing I still haven’t sorted my vegetable garden…

    • I want to plant some in Vergemoli…when we get our garden.

  9. Been here nine years and haven’t had the nerve to try cooking them yet! only in ristoranti so far….

    • They are not all that difficult…try it!

  10. Gorgeous shots too!! c

    • I thought they were too beautiful…I had to take a photo.

      • too pretty to cook!!

  11. Just yesterday we realized that we already have gorgeous squash blossoms out back. We just put the zucchini plants 3 weeks ago. I am ready to stuff them up!

    • How lovely! Can I come to lunch?

  12. I have always loved flowers, particularly in salads. Most flowers are edible. I love nasturtiums, both the leaves – which have a peppery flavour – and the flowers, which add beautiful colours to any salad. They are also very easy to grow. And I do love candied violets. A real treat! The Migone shop in Florence sells them.

    • I will look out for those violets next time I am in Florence.

  13. What is your favourite way to eat them? I remember my father announcing they were edible when he grew them one year when I was a child, very exotic in 1970s England and he proceded to stuff them and fry them and they were delicious. I remember them vividly and their fresh delicate texture, lovely flowers !

    • I love them stuffed with ricotta and quickly fried in a light batter. I am not very good at doing this, so I look for it in restaurants around this time each year.

  14. I always feel pumpkin is such an underrated vegetable. I love it and now love it more when I see the flowers. My favourite colour. Is it Giallo. ?

    • It is indeed giallo…and a very beautiful yellow.

  15. The cascio (acacia) tree flowers are also great to eat – raw

    • The smell divine, like honey. They make me sneeze, but I love them.

  16. We just ducked over the border to Italy (Ventimiglia) and went straight to the market. (Pouring with rain and it was under cover.) The zucchini flowers were the first thing that caught my eye.

    • They have just started appearing in the shops. They look so gorgeous and they taste good too.

  17. Debra,
    This is a new idea to me. How would one go about cooking them?

    • They are usually stuffed with ricotta and quickly fried in a light batter.

  18. I tried the fritters for the first time in Santorini and became an instant fan 🙂

  19. Omg, I love edible flowers. I’m really into borage at the moment 🙂

  20. I love stuffed flowers and yes, I wouldn’t be able to resist buying some to cook with. I’m posting about edible flowers in the morning…it seems we are on the same wave length but still different. 🙂

    • They look so gorgeous right now, we have to make the most of them.

  21. I love deep fried zucchini flowers! I once bought some accidentally and sauteed them and they weren’t quite as good. I’ve also had them on pizza in Italy and that was really nice! 🙂

    • I think deep fried is best, but I have also stuffed them, brushed them with olive oil and baked them and that was good too.

  22. Yum, I love squash and zucchini flowers. Fried, stuffed or in a risotto. Buon appetito!

    • They are delicious whatever you do to them.

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