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Zucchini blossoms (squash blossoms) in GTA

Food Tourist Jul 16, 2014 05:53 AM

Craving this summer delicacy. Any menus featuring these Italian-style fried stuffed flowers (preferably not dripping in grease)? (Or other recipes or traditions?) If you see any at the farmers' market, let me know. There are some amazing recipes out there.

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    julesrules RE: Food Tourist Jul 16, 2014 06:44 AM

    They had them at Nathan Phillips market last Wednesday. Not cheap, $5.95 for a pint. They also had them on the specials menu at Il Fornello last weekend, with buffalo moz and anchovies I believe... should have ordered that instead of my lame pasta entree (was trying them out for the first time in 10+ years as a local kid-friendly option. Our rhubarb and ricotta app was actually pretty good).

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      magpiebakes RE: Food Tourist Jul 16, 2014 07:24 AM

      I saw them at North York Civic Centre Farmers market last week as well.

      1. Dr. John RE: Food Tourist Jul 16, 2014 10:52 AM

        We just had them on Saturday as a special at Chantecler - no idea if they will be still available though.

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          Truffles RE: Food Tourist Jul 16, 2014 11:19 AM

          I saw them at St. Lawrence Market (north) on the weekend. One of the outdoor stalls.

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            bytepusher RE: Food Tourist Jul 16, 2014 11:33 AM

            7 numbers usually puts them on the menu in season, I find their version just OK

            Cookstown Greens usually has blossoms at their market booths at this time of year, I've bought them twice so far. Home cooked is so much better than any restaurant seems to be able to pull off.

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              chicapea RE: Food Tourist Jul 17, 2014 07:03 PM

              I saw them for sale at Lanzarotta's (wholesaler with a small retail front on lakeshore w/ of dixie) earlier this week.

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                burlgurl RE: Food Tourist Jul 17, 2014 08:44 PM

                I think Sao Kan Road has this on their menu

                1. chocabot RE: Food Tourist Jul 17, 2014 09:16 PM

                  at the david pecault farmer's market at a couple stalls for $5

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                    szw RE: Food Tourist Jul 18, 2014 04:28 PM

                    I've never been able to identify any taste from these, just the taste and texture of the filling and batter. They sure do look pretty though.

                    Am I alone on this?

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                      estufarian RE: szw Jul 19, 2014 12:46 AM

                      I find it's almost a fragrance (I know, smell is the main influencer of taste) - but they actually taste as if the flavour occurs at the back of the roof of the mouth, where it joins the nasal cavity.
                      But very mild.
                      Also saw them a week ago at Fiesta Farms.

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                        ace123 RE: szw Jul 19, 2014 04:41 AM

                        You are not alone.
                        I don't get it either.

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                          Teep RE: ace123 2 days ago

                          To me they taste like a milder zucchini without the texture. I just stirfry them with garlic and a splash of white wine. Also got them fresh from Nathan Phillips market.

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                            ace123 RE: Teep 2 days ago

                            Thanks for the tips.
                            Every time I had it in the restaurant, it's battered and deep-fried.

                      2. Food Tourist RE: Food Tourist about 15 hours ago

                        The new and ever-changing Sparrow on Bloor West has zucchini blossoms on their new summer menu.

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