17 ways with zucchini flowers

Delicate zucchini flowers are one of spring's gifts. Get them quick – they're around for a good time, not a long time.

Stuffed zucchini flowers with basil sauce
Zucchini flowers are one of those seasonal treats that we pounce on every year when we spot them at farmers' markets and select greengrocers. Their delicate flavour and stunning appearance make them an ideal addition to spring menus, whether stuffed with ricotta, tomato rice, or nut purées, torn and tossed through salads, or as the finishing touch in pasta dishes.
Zucchini flowers are usually sold with the baby zucchini fruit attached. Female flowers are directly attached to the zucchini, while male flowers are linked by a stem. Note the flowers are extremely perishable – they're best used on the day of purchase. To prepare, gently wash them in a bowl of water, trim off the zucchini fruit, and remove the pistil (from female flowers) and stamen (from male flowers).