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Easy and Tasty Zucchini Blossom Pizza

Easy and Tasty Zucchini Blossom Pizza

If you’re getting ready to plant this spring, be sure to plant some zucchini plants. WHY? Because I have an easy and tasty recipe for Zucchini Blossom Pizza, that’s why!

 

When to harvest zucchini blossoms

When you start seeing blossoms like these on your zucchini plants it’s time to harvest them. At approximately 4 to 5 weeks is the magic number! Harvest time is typically best first thing in the morning.

How to harvest zucchini blossoms

First, you’ll need to identify the male from the female blossoms. I’m going to get scientific here for a moment so please bear with me. 🤷🏻‍♀️🌼

Do you know what a stamen is? Look in the middle of the flower, there’s a long stem like coming out of it which are covered with pollen (check out my picture) – the arrow is pointing at the stamen. 

 

Stamen of a zucchini blossom plant

 

Difference between a male versus female zucchini blossoms

The blossoms with the shorter (multiple) stamen in the middle are females, whereas, the ones with the longer (single) stems are males. Also, look at the back of the flower ~ the ones with a rounder base is the female. That round base, will eventually be what you know as the zucchini plant. The male blossom will not have this, but instead, you’ll just see one long stem attached to the blossom. Easy!

There’s no difference in flavor between a male or female blossom, BUT, one thing to remember, when harvesting out the female ones, you’ll have less zucchini to harvest later on, since it will not be able to pollinate. So be sure to leave a few 🕺🏼💃🏼💑🐝

 

Gather up your ingredients

With the zucchini blossoms, get some Naan bread (or whatever pizza crust you want to use), onion, garlic, mozzarella and parmesan cheese ~ along with olive oil!

 

How to prepare your Zucchini Blossom Pizza

Remember these are delicate so clean them carefully. Since I plant my own, and don’t use any chemicals, I just use a pasty brush to gently brush the dirt right off. Set aside. And I cook it the same day. So remember that ~ since these blossoms are so delicate, try to cook and eat them the same day you harvest them. If necessary, you can store them in the refrigerator for no more than a day or so.

You have the option of chopping or using the blossoms whole on your pizza. I chopped mine. They cook down, so in this recipe I used twelve zucchini blossoms.

On a skillet over medium heat, I added olive oil, then sautéed garlic and onions for just a few minutes, enough to caramelize them. Added the zucchini blossoms until they wilt, about two minutes.

Placed all the sautéed ingredients on top of the naan bread, topped with mozzarella cheese and put in a 350 degree oven for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve! YUM!

 

YOUR TURN!

Doesn’t that sound easy enough? Let me know if this would be something you’d like to try. Will you be planting zucchini blossoms in your neck of the woods? Would LOVE to hear it!!

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Zucchini Blossoms Pizza on Naan bread with onions, garlic, mozzarella and parmesan cheese

Easy and Tasty Zucchini Blossom Pizza


  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes

Description

This recipe is one of those things, I wish I had a huge garden to plant some zucchinis. I can’t get enough of these and harvesting the zucchini blossoms are so easy! So if you’re getting ready to plant this spring, add zucchini plants on your list! And pizza? Who does not like pizza?!?!?


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Ingredients

  • 12 zucchini blossoms (chopped, optional)
  • 1T olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Harvest. Clean. Chop or leave whole your zucchini blossoms.
  2. On a skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. Sauté and caramelize garlic and onions for about two minutes, then add the zucchini blossoms until they wilt.
  3. Top of the naan bread with the sautéed ingredients and add mozzarella cheese before placing in a 350 degree oven. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve! ENJOY!

Notes

  • Use whole or shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Add optional toppings: fresh basil, dried red pepper flakes, oregano, anchovies, or any other pizza toppings you like.
  • Zucchini blossoms have a delicate squash flavor and a soft, velvety texture. So keep this in mind when adding other ingredients with your pizza.
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