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Fried Pumpkin Blossoms Recipe

Pumpkin blossoms are delicious, battered, and fried. Pumpkin blossoms have a long food history as an edible part of the pumpkin plant. The blossoms are usually harvested before the pumpkin fruit fully develops, ensuring they are tender and not too bitter. They can be stuffed with various fillings, such as cheese, herbs, or minced meat, before being battered and fried. The frying process gives them a crispy and savory exterior, while the inside remains soft and flavorful.

Apart from being delicious, pumpkin blossoms also offer nutritional benefits. They are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Try pumpkin blossoms, especially prepared in the battered and fried manner, I highly recommend giving them a taste!

Pumpkin blossoms prettify your garden and bring beauty and an interesting flavor to your mealtime.

Pumpkin blossoms add flavor and color to any dish served in the kitchen. Pumpkin blossoms not only add beauty and visual appeal to your garden but also offer a unique and interesting flavor to your mealtime when used in cooking. The vibrant orange-yellow flowers of the pumpkin plant can brighten up any garden, making it more visually appealing.

When it comes to mealtime, incorporating pumpkin blossoms into your dishes can be a delightful culinary experience. Their delicate flavor and slightly sweet taste complement various recipes, providing a touch of elegance and creativity to your meals. As mentioned earlier, you can stuff them with different fillings or simply fry them to enjoy their unique taste and texture.

Moreover, growing pumpkin plants and harvesting their blossoms can be a rewarding gardening experience. Watching the plant go through its life cycle, from flowering to fruiting, can be both educational and enjoyable. It's a wonderful way to connect with nature and appreciate the bounty it offers.

Pumpkin Blossoms

Fried Pumpkin Blossoms Recipe

Ingredients

12 large fresh pumpkin blossoms

2/3 cup self-rising flour

2 tablespoons water

2 large eggs, beaten

1/2 teaspoon good quality curry powder, optional

Salt and pepper to taste

Corn oil for frying


Directions

In a medium bowl, mix flour in water and eggs until smooth. Heat 1/2 inch of oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Dip three pumpkin blossoms at a time in batter to coat, fry on each side until crisp and golden. Drain on paper towels. Serve as a side to grilled meats or as a topping for salads.

Fried Pumpkin Blossoms

Did you know? 
Egusi seeds are the seeds of plants of squash, melon, gourd, pumpkin etc which after being dried and ground are used as an ingredient in East and West African recipes.
 
Egusi seeds are the seeds of plants of squash, melon, gourd, pumpkin etc
Pumpkin seeds

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