Surprising Edible Goodness


Oh, what excitement I’m feeling today! I was squealing with joy last night as I read the following in Eat Pray Love 

“Then there was a pop-surprise bonus side order brought by the waitress for free– a serving of fried zucchini blossoms with a soft dab of cheese in the middle (prepared so delicately that the blossoms probably didn’t even notice they weren’t on the vine anymore).”

WHAT?! You mean I can actually eat the blossoms on the zucchini plants? It sounds divine! In my excitement I got all giddy, thinking of the beautiful flowers I had been looking at on our zucchini plants, and what a wonderful treat they are going to make. (And in my thoughts I continued on that next year, I will plant more zucchini plants! Neighbors, you’ve been warned.)

I am now researching to find what other plant parts might be edible from our smallish garden, and so far we are eating kohlrabi leaves & beet leaves and have discovered the leaves (but NOT the flowers) on tomato plants are edible, as are the broccoli leaves. I will share my research and our kitchen experiments and hope you will find that a happy side effect of having your own garden is getting more parts of the plant to use and share with your family.

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2 Responses to Surprising Edible Goodness

  1. Just Frances says:

    Nasturtiums and some pansies are edible. I think Rosa L. (Mom and Dad’s neighbor) would have some recipes for zucchini flowers for you!

    Good luck!

  2. Yes, Mom has been telling me about Nasturtiums also… and I found some “volunteer” pansies in our lawn that I transplanted to the berry garden and it has reproduced…

    I have found lots of recipes for the zucchini flowers. I’m excited to try them!!!

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