Thursday, August 31, 2006

A blossom by any other name...




... would taste as sweet?

On the advice of a friend, and because we planted pumpkins this year, I plucked some pumpkin blossoms and fried them last night.

They were very good. Now let me disclaim at this point that they were bathed in milk and eggs and dredged in crackers and fried in butter, so I suppose it was inevitable that I'd like them.

So I guess fried pumpkin blossoms do indeed have my endorsement, another mild culinary surprise for me. A darned tasty one, to be sure.

8 comments:

Cool Hand Luke said...

Hurray for fried pumpkin blossoms!

AnnieBgood said...

Oh, they are soooo wonderful!

Josh Gentry said...

Despite the fact that cardboard would be good in that batter, you gotta love the blossoms.

matt dick said...

I guess it's inevitable that all three of you commented. Yes they were very good, and they did indeed impart a nice flowery (but not pumpkiny) flavor. Josh very rightly pointed out that anything that isn't both offensively and strongly flavored is going to shine when fried in this manner.

I wonder if pumpkin blossoms would make a nice light ale flavoring? It's a little light, but might be nice...?

I wonder if I could pitch a Food Network show where I travel around and find rural delicacies and go over the proper preparations. With Morrells, pumpkin blossoms and other such things just in rural Illinois, I have to imagine the whole country and world is rife with excellent cuisine that is either unknown or unavailable other places.

Hmm....

MadMedulla said...

I adore fried pumpkin blossoms!

pyxl said...

Yes. I think it's an excellent show idea. If you come to Peoria, I'll instruct you in the proper preperation of Fecal chips. It requires a whole bunch of butter and more than a little salt...and beer. Lots of beer. I will then show you the proper way to prepare a delicate dish called "Shinola" here in Peoria. We will then see if you can distinguish between the two dishes. :)
You can't fool a fooler. I know nobody actually eats pumpkin blossoms. That can't be true.

matt dick said...

Crap, you mean I was duped by that entire family into eating some stupid flower?!?

You know, I never did see them actually eating the blossoms. Man, that's an ugly realization.

Carlos said...

One of my favorite foods in the world is squash blossom soup, which I imagine would be very similar if made with pumpkin blossoms. If you are interested just google "sopa de flor de calabaza" and I'm sure you'll get a bunch of recipes. Or, I could send you the one that I have.