We wanted to try an idea using the Pumpkin Blossoms from the Garden. In this video, we share with you a view from harvest to table, enjoying this neat treat.
We like to experiment with unique flavors in the Meadow, and pumpkin blossoms are no exception.
Pumpkin blossoms, also known as pumpkin flowers or pumpkin blooms, are not only beautiful but also edible. These vibrant, yellow-orange flowers are not as commonly consumed as the pumpkin fruit itself, but they offer a delicate and unique flavor to various dishes. Here’s some information about pumpkin blossoms and how you can use them in a recipe:
- Harvesting Pumpkin Blossoms: Pumpkin blossoms are typically harvested when they are fully open and vibrant in color. It’s best to pick them early in the morning when they are freshest. Look for blossoms that are free from blemishes or signs of wilting.
- Edible Parts: Both male and female pumpkin flowers are edible, but the male flowers are often preferred for culinary purposes. Male flowers can be identified by their thin stems, while female flowers have a small, bulbous base (which will develop into the pumpkin fruit).
- Culinary Uses: Pumpkin blossoms can be used in various dishes, including soups, salads, stir-fries, and even stuffed recipes. The flavor of the blossoms is mildly sweet with a subtle hint of pumpkin. The texture is delicate and tender, making them an excellent addition to recipes.
- Stuffed Pumpkin Blossoms: One popular way to use pumpkin blossoms is by stuffing them. Here’s a simple recipe to give you an idea:
Our Stir-Fry Pumpkin Blossom Recipe:
- Fresh pumpkin blossoms
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Garlic, minced
- Green onion, thinly sliced
- Tomato, diced
- Carrot, julienned
- Celery, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 dash of sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Choice of meat
- Remove the pistils from the center of each blossom. Rinse the pumpkin blossoms under cold water and let them rest in the water.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
- Add the minced garlic and meat to the skillet and stir-fry until the meat is browned. Add fish sauce, salt, and pepper to taste.
- Add the onion, celery, and carrots to the skillet. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
- Drain the pumpkin blossoms and lay them on a paper towel to dry.
- Add the tomatoes to the skillet. Stir-fry for an additional 1-2 minutes.
- Add the pumpkin blossoms to the skillet and continue to stir-fry for another 2 minutes until the blossoms wilt slightly.
- Add your cooked rice or noodles to the mix and stir thoroughly.
- Plate it up.
Pumpkin blossoms can also be added to omelets, fritters, or used as a garnish for various dishes. The possibilities are endless, so don’t hesitate to get creative and experiment with different recipes!
Remember to use fresh and pesticide-free blossoms for the best flavor and quality. Enjoy exploring the culinary potential of these delightful pumpkin flowers!