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Childhood memories.... back to my first time eating Fiori di Zucca.

It was a hot summer in Italy, at my mothers family home. She cut the flowers of the zucchini plants in their garden and I was shocked. Now the plants will not be able to make zucchini. But my mother reassured me that we will eat something really special.

And special it was!

Since then I was trying to find the flowers, but in Asia they are almost nonexistent or so very expensive.

But now, on my holiday in Europe I found them on the market. I filled and baked them ... and it is no wonder, that there were no leftovers! My sister helped to get rid of them and we were wallowing in memories.

Step 1:

There are two different flowers, the female and the male. The female one has a little zucchini at the end of the flower, the male one doesn't. I used the male flower.

First you have to wash the flowers very carefully and remove the pointy pieces at the end of the flowers.

Step 2:

For the filling:
100 g Cream Cheese
100 g Ricotta
100 g Herb Cream Cheese
Pepper
Paprika
Chili
1 Egg
1/2 bunch Parsley
some Oregano
50 g grated Parmesan

mix all ingredients together and fill into a piping-bag.
Then pipe some of this into the flowers and fold the tips over to close the flower.

Step 3:

Put them into a greased ovenproof dish and bake at 180 C for 20-30 minutes. Serve hot.
This can be done with the blossoms from pumpkins as well!
I love love love! this! I am going to do this when I find the flowers! Thanks so much for sharing! <br>sunshiine
I have always found these very difficult to do, but your photos have made them look easy...will try again.
Just organize yourself and it will be very easy!
Pane,what's your job?If you don't mind telling.Your instructables,your website..everything is so fantastic,how did you find time to do it?:D
I am a housewife, handicraft teacher and cooking instructor.And my website is my big hobby!!
Hi,Pane <br>Can I have your email address? <br>Best Regards <br>Sarah
Thanks,noteddddd.......because here in China,pumpkin flowers are easily available. :D
Oh you live in China too?? Where, if I may ask??
:D,yes,I am a chinese,now working in guangzhou.Where do you live?
I live in Hong Kong and I am not Chinese, but I love living in China!
Hi,Pane,Can I substitue pumpkin flowers for zucchini flowers?They really look similar,but don't know if the flavors are the same.
Oh good question, I really have no idea... maybe someone knows this??
I checked the net and they say YES, you can eat pumpkin flowers. <br> <br>have a look: http://goldcoastlocal.wordpress.com/can-you-eat-pumpkin-flowers-3/
Looks yummy. Right now I'm being swamped with zucchini and so this might be a great remedy. So far I made choco chip zucchini muffins and today I made a simple zucchini side dish using two small yellow sliced ones cut diagonally and I placed it in a pan. I then added 2 large cloves of garlic diced cause I love garlic and a about a table spoon of butter. Then I added some oil what ever I had on hand and sprinkled freshly ground pepper on top. Then I saut&eacute;ed it on medium high till I saw the garlic turn a bit golden. I then added some soy sauce to taste and I got this nice and yummy simple side dish with my dads barbequed lamb.
mmmmmm that sounds yummy too! <br> <br>or try: cut the zucchini into slices, turn them in egg-white and then in Parmesan and breadcrumbs, put them on a baking tray and bake for 40 minutes.
Thank you for putting up this recipe it brought back the flavors and smells that were at my Nona's house when I was younger. I thought I would never get to eat that since she died.
I hope you like them, every family has their own recipe for the filling.
They look delicious! <br> <br>Do the flowers taste anything like the zucchini themselves? <br> <br><sub> PS: zucchini are sometimes called &quot;courgettes&quot; - maybe the flowers are sold under that name in your area?</sub>
Hi Kiteman, they don't taste like zucchini at all, they're very delicate, but I don't know how to describe the taste. I love them filled, battered and then fried. :)
Exactly, it's not easy to describe the taste but it's definitely not like the zucchini. It is very soft and delicate and the filling is making them very tasty.
I love zucchini flowers! I planted some zucchini plants in pots this year just to get those lovely flowers. :) <br>I'll try your recipe. <br>
Grazie!! Tell me how you like them <br> <br>

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