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Jul 22, 2008 06:32 AM

Pumpkin Blossoms

I have an abundance of pumpkin blossoms and am wondering if anyone has ever used them interchangably with summer squash blossoms? I hesitate to do so as it is a winter squash. I've never had them and am also wondering if they are edible at all.

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  1. I would have no problems with substituting them in any recipe calling for squash blossoms. The only reason they would be inedible is they have been sprayed with a pesticide.

    from the Univ of Illinois extension service website, QUOTE
    Squash and pumpkin blossoms are edible. Prepare the blossoms by washing and trimming the stems and remove the stamens. One cooking method is to dip in a tempura batter and quickly deep fry. Other uses include as a garnish and as a last minute addition to clear soups.

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    1. re: Kelli2006

      Thanks Kelli2006. I'd received similar advice from another blog source but unfortunately, the blossoms on my plants are covered with very prickly stuff that tends to get stuck in your skin like cactus needles. I found that out the hard way ;0) I'm sure that some varieties of puumpkin will produce edible blossoms but I'm very hesitant to try these although I do have a huge abundance of them even in mid-September. Now what to do with all the pumpkins is another story...