where can I find zucchini flowers?
- BaconBits Jun 1, 2012 08:11 AM
I am just back from Italy where I formed a huge appreciation for zucchini flowers. I do not see them in the markets around here (Garden of Eden and Whole Foods, specifically). I plan to check the Union Square Greenmarket tomorrow. But am I searching too early? Will the markets carry them a little later in the season?
Any guidance would be appreciated.
You will definitely find them at Union Square, but remember that zucchini is not yet in season. I've not yet seen either zucchini or the flowers in the market so far this year, and did not notice them there today, but just checked the market report and sure enough, Norwich Meadows had "baby summer squashes with blossoms" today. (I missed them,, as I got there around noon today..) One stand that will almost certainly have a reliable supply, later in the season, is Windfall, at the market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. But there will be others.
Eataly is another potential source.
The Cheerful Cherry had zucchini flowers two weeks ago. don't know what will be there tomorrow.
serious eats posted a slideshow from the Grand Army Plaza greenmarket that had them, so it isnt too early. as erica says, how many will be available is still debatable.
UPDATE: Loads of squash blossoms this morning (Saturday) at Union Square, at both Eckerton (at US market Wednesdays and Saturdays, with Mondays probable within the next few weeks), and Lani's Farm (at USQ market Mondays, Saturdays; at Dag H, near the UN, on Wednesdays).
I asked one of the vendors at Eckerton and she told me that the reason they have them so early in the season is because they are snipping the flowers from the very young, small zucchini.