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Can't find squash blossoms anywhere

livetoeat Aug 27, 2007 02:12 PM

I'm in the metro NYC area, but would also buy online. Does anyone know where I can find fresh squash blossoms?

  1. Ruth Lafler Aug 27, 2007 05:52 PM

    The other place besides farmers markets to look is Mexican markets. I don't know if there are any good ones in your area, but I saw literally heaps of squash blossoms (no fancy "aren't we precious" packaging, just heaped up in the produce section) at the supermercado in Oakland (CA) a couple of weeks ago.

    1. l
      livetoeat Aug 27, 2007 03:05 PM

      Thanks everyone; great tips!

      I'm actually making a recipe that has them stuffed with a goat cheese / crab mix, then very lightly fried, with a fig / port reduction.

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      1. re: livetoeat
        MMRuth Aug 27, 2007 05:05 PM


        Good luck - I think the farmer's market is around during the week too.

      2. Chew on That Aug 27, 2007 02:59 PM

        Adam from the Amateur Gourmet blogged about squash blossoms today and I know he's in the NYC area - maybe try asking him? www.amateurgourmet.com


        1. MMRuth Aug 27, 2007 02:40 PM

          I found zucchini blossoms at the Union Square farmer's market this weekend.

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          1. re: MMRuth
            efdee Aug 27, 2007 03:01 PM

            One of the vendors at the Cortelyou Rd greenmarket had them two weeks ago but not last week so maybe the greenmarket website will help: http:// www.cenyc.org.

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            pat76mac Aug 27, 2007 02:38 PM

            I agree with Candy that it seems a bit late. I am curious as to how you are using the blossoms. My mother-in-law coats pumpkin blossoms in egg and cracker crumbs, and then fries them in a pan. Yummy!

            1. Candy Aug 27, 2007 02:30 PM

              It seems a little late in the season to get them. They should all be matured in to squash by now unless someone has done some late planting.

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              1. re: Candy
                Eldon Kreider Aug 27, 2007 02:46 PM

                Zucchini and other summer squash should still be blooming in the Midwest. I would inquire at a farmers' market where they are selling small summer squash. Only male blossoms are picked, but as a general rule 20 to 30 percent of them can be picked without messing up pollination.

                Squash blossoms are very perishable, so I am skeptical about anything involving shipping.

                1. re: Eldon Kreider
                  Candy Aug 27, 2007 02:54 PM

                  I'm in Bloomington, IN and it is definitely too late in the season here and with the dry conditions if any were available they probably would be pretty poor.

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                ksbrown Aug 27, 2007 02:29 PM

                Funny you should ask - Suffolk County "Newsday" paper had an article last week - maybe Wed or Thurs about a farm on Long Island that specializes in squash blossoms. Sorry I don't know specifics - was just there for a few days preparing for an upcoming move. Try checking on internet for recent Newsday articles about local farms. Good luck!

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