Bright yellow-orange zucchini flowers are beautiful but can be intimidating -- cooking and eating flowers isn't something that most of us do on a regular basis, after all. But they're delicious and versatile and actually easy to prepare. One of the simplest ways is to fry them in a light batter. Just whisk together flour and cold water to the consistency of heavy cream, thinly coat the flowers in the mixture, then fry them in hot oil for 2 to 3 minutes until light brown and crispy.
When selecting zucchini flowers (if you don't grow your own zucchini, the flowers are often available from produce vendors at farmers markets), it's best to pick closed blooms because they're less likely to have bugs in them -- but always check before you cook, of course!
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