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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?

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    ksbrown RE: livetoeat 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!

    1. Candy RE: livetoeat 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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        Eldon Kreider RE: Candy 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.

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          Candy RE: Eldon Kreider 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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        pat76mac RE: livetoeat 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. MMRuth RE: livetoeat Aug 27, 2007 02:40 PM

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

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            efdee RE: MMRuth 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.

          2. Chew on That RE: livetoeat 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


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              livetoeat RE: 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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                MMRuth RE: livetoeat Aug 27, 2007 05:05 PM


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

              2. Ruth Lafler RE: livetoeat 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.

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