Some interesting facts about Zucchini Flowers.
Did you know there are male and female zucchini flowers?
Zucchini plants produce male and female flowers on the same plant and for the plants to produce fruit, insects must visit both flowers, taking the pollen from male flowers and transferring it to the female flower.
If this process is not happening due to poor sunlight (flowers do not open) it can be done manually by the gardener inserting a cotton bud collecting pollen from the male flower and then rubbing it onto the female flower bud.
A crucial step in the process of zucchini growing.
Female flowers fall off and plants won’t produce any fruit if this process does not occur.
Zucchini flowers are edible, usually the inside bud is removed first from what we are used to doing.
Today I decided not to stuff them with cheese and batter them (which is a traditional way of eating these delicious flowers) I made a fry up that ended up resembling a nice pasta dish without the pasta, recipe here.
**Female zucchini blossoms are directly attached to the fruit. Male blossoms are attached to a long stem.