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Zucchini (Courgette) Flowers in TO?

I am desperate to cook an old recipe my uncle's nona used to make with zucchini flowers. I haven't seen any in Toronto. Any advice as to where I can get them would be greatly appreciated-preferably somewhere within the downtown core. Thanks!

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  1. The elderly Asian ladies on the west side of Spadina, north of Dundas have them now and then. I've bought them a few times and they're quite reasonable (about $2 for eight blossoms). They grow them themselves and they're in pretty good shape when I get them home.

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    1. re: escoffier

      I went this past weekend and I didn't see any zucchini flowers. I don't think any of the ladies understood what I was asking for either...

      1. re: chocabot

        My gal picked some up last night, time for a Courgette Frittata methinks.

          1. re: chocabot

            Not sure, I know it was one of the older Asian ladies on the west side of Spadina north of Dundas. They have them bagged up in clear plastic, ready to go.

            1. re: escoffier

              hmm, that's where i went. maybe they sold out.
              i'll try again soon. thanks!

    2. I noticed zucchini flowers at the Liberty Village farmers market last week, which is on every Sunday. Map: http://liberty.my-market.ca/map.html

      1. These were in stock yesterday at KO's on Roncesvalle's.

        1. I saw some at Harvest Wagon the other day. They're a bit on the smallish side so hard to stuff, if that's your plan. But now I'm intrigued - what's your uncle's nona's recipe?

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          1. re: peppermint pate

            Really simple-stuffed with an anchovy and fresh herb paste and ultra fresh mozarella, dipped in egg and flash fried. Really addictive.

              1. re: peppermint pate

                PP,

                Sorry-forgot to add that after they are dipped in egg, I coat them in a good quality breadcrumb/pecorino mixture and then fry them until they are golden. You have to eat them immediately. I believe they are traditionally used as pizza toppings this way in Rome, but I could be wrong.

                1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

                  Thank you for taking the time to add in those yummy details - I'm feeling inspired!!

          2. Saw them today at the Wednesday farmers market at Nathan Philips Square. If you're walking north on Bay St., it's the first vendor on your right.

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            1. re: TheGloaming

              They should have them tomorrow at the East Lynn Parkette market. At least they had them last week.