The other day I made some delicious fried zucchini blossoms from a recipe in Bon Appetit magazine. The zucchini in my garden has been growing out of control, and we just can’t eat it fast enough. So I went out to harvest some blossoms to batter and fry. Little did I know that collecting the ingredients would be the most challenging part of the recipe.
Apparently bees are highly attracted to zucchini flowers. They like them so much, in fact, that some of the flowers that I picked had more than 10 bees buzzing around inside. Now, I wouldn’t consider myself a wimp, but I was panicking, envisioning a swarm of blossom-hungry bees chasing after me as I ran off with their dinner.
I managed to gather a dozen blossoms without being stung, and shook out what I thought was every last bee from the blossoms. Then I coated them in batter, deep-fried them, and served them up to my mom and dad. “Mmm, delicious,” they cooed… And then my dad ate a bee. I guess one of the little guys just wouldn’t be ousted from his blossom. Apparently bee isn’t an overly unpleasant flavour, just a hint of extra crunch.
For anyone who is willing to brave the swarms, you can find the recipe here. I swear, it’s worth the risk!