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Looking for zucchini flowers...

katbri May 7, 2009 08:11 AM

Anyone know where I can buy zucchini flowers in the Toronto area?

  1. Splendid Wine Snob May 7, 2009 08:15 AM

    I posted a similar thread last year and found beautiful ones at the SLM.


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      Tatai May 7, 2009 08:18 AM

      I'm pretty sure it's too early in the season.

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      1. re: Tatai
        Kasia May 7, 2009 08:54 AM

        the local markets haven't opened up yet, and that's likely where we'll be seeing local zucchini flowers first.

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        NAME May 7, 2009 08:54 AM

        It is too early in the season, the best time would be mid-June. But, there is a farm stand on the north west corner of Weston Road and Major Mackenzie that sells zucchini flowers freshly picked. Last year, they cost $5.00 for a small basket, which was plentiful.

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          beach_cook May 11, 2009 03:41 PM

          Waaay too early for local - maybe end July, into August. Direct-seed the plant once the soil is warm, end May:germinate, grow, flower

          1. Ginsugirl May 11, 2009 04:17 PM

            My own don't start until at least the end of July.

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            1. re: Ginsugirl
              Splendid Wine Snob May 13, 2009 08:15 AM

              Yes, I should of mentioned that I found them at SLM sometime in July.

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              TDotFoodie Jul 21, 2009 07:54 AM

              Katbri - any luck finding them yet? I looked at the thread from last year and they started popping up about mid-July....

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              1. re: TDotFoodie
                stephen Jul 21, 2009 08:03 AM

                I've got about 20 in my garden as of today, but they have a week or so until ready for stuffing and frying! Can't wait...

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                  grandgourmand Jul 21, 2009 08:06 AM

                  I can't wait to pick some up at the market. I actually had some in early June from a farmer's market outside of London. They weren't that big, so I didn't stuff them. But they were awesome with a light batter.

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                    TDotFoodie Jul 21, 2009 09:17 AM

                    YUM! I have never grown them myself......Do the fruits come before the flowers or vice-versa?

                    1. re: TDotFoodie
                      grandgourmand Jul 21, 2009 09:29 AM

                      vice versa

                      1. re: grandgourmand
                        TDotFoodie Jul 21, 2009 09:33 AM

                        Thanks Grandgourmand. What's the lag between flowers and fruit?

                        1. re: TDotFoodie
                          grandgourmand Jul 21, 2009 09:49 AM

                          vice versa...wait, no.

                          I don't know exactly. Pretty sure you'll see baby zucchini, with a bit of flower still attached, within a couple weeks. The flower itself will probably be around a week or so. But the plants are constantly producing new ones (if you live near a neighbour with zucchini growing and constantly offering their excess production, you'll get an idea of how much), so the season isn't super short or anything.

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                            foodyDudey Jul 22, 2009 05:45 AM

                            Don't the flowers of all plants have to appear before you can see any fruit? I can't think of any fruit where this is not the case.

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                              earthygoat Jul 22, 2009 06:21 AM

                              Zucchini plants (and any squash), have both male (many more) and female flowers. The female flowers have a tiny fruit at the base, and the males do not. Both only bloom for one or two days. If the female flower is fertilized by an insect, the fruit will begin to grow quickly, otherwise it will shrivel up and fall off.

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                                foodyDudey Jul 22, 2009 06:25 AM

                                So as I thought, yes the flowers are before the fruit. I can't see how it would be any other way.

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                                grandgourmand Jul 22, 2009 06:27 AM

                                I'm no zucchini expert, but I know with tomatoes you have determinate and indeterminate varieties. Determinate all flower and eventually bear fruit at once. They also grow into a set bush size and stop growing. Indeterminate varieties just keep growing. I've got plants in my backyard right now, with some stems bearing fruit and new growth just barely in the flowering stage.
                                And if you run by a zucchini plant, just look under the leaves and you'll see various stages of growth, some fruit, some flowers.
                                Is that what you meant? If you mean flowers have to appear before fruit in general, then yes of course. I don't think I wrote otherwise.

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                                  Teep Jul 22, 2009 07:07 AM

                                  A fig *apparently* grows a fruit without any flowers. (In chinese it is called the "flowerless fruit".) What actually happens is that it grows a fleshy receptacle which looks like a fruit, with tiny flowers INSIDE. Very small wasps crawl through an opening to pollinate the flowers, after which the fruit develops.

                      2. re: TDotFoodie
                        ms. clicquot Jul 21, 2009 09:16 AM

                        I got them last year at the end of July at Summerhill Market. I didn't see any at SLM market last weekend but I may have been there too late in the day. I can't wait to get some again this year!

                        1. re: ms. clicquot
                          katbri Jul 21, 2009 12:19 PM

                          Let me know if and when you find them....thanks!!!

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                        AlmostFull Jul 21, 2009 12:52 PM

                        Harvest Wagon has but they are very expensive, $2 a pop!, Dave Young on Eglinton will have some next week most likely, I just hope there is no more rain, those delicate little flowers can only take so much abuse! They are at the food terminal if anyone has access, they have been there for a couple weeks

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                        1. re: AlmostFull
                          TeRReT Jul 21, 2009 07:01 PM

                          I'm not sure on the price, but the market at st Andrews, open on saturday mornings (just west of spadina on adelaide) had gorgeous blossoms this past saturday. I believe they were reasonably priced.

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                          katbri Jul 23, 2009 08:01 AM

                          Went to SLM yesterday and they did not have any. I am still on the hunt.....

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