Fleur de courgette cooking class
Fleur de courgette, or zucchini flower, is a hallmark of summer cuisine in Provence, appearing in markets and on tables from late spring through early autumn.
Kelly Goehler La Belugue owner-founder, Gastronomicom Culinary School graduate, host of authentic Provencal cooking classes.

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Fleur de Courgette

Fleur de courgette, or zucchini flower, is a delicacy that hails from the sunny regions of the Mediterranean, particularly Provence in France but can also be found in southern Italy. These delicate blooms are a hallmark of summer cuisine in Provence, appearing in markets and on tables from late spring through early autumn. Their brief seasonal availability makes them a cherished ingredient for many food enthusiasts.

The Taste of Summer

Zucchini flowers have a subtle, slightly sweet flavor with a hint of zucchini’s earthy taste. The petals are tender and velvety, offering a delicate texture that contrasts beautifully with a variety of fillings and cooking methods. When fried, the blossoms gain a crispy exterior that complements their soft, flavorful interior, creating a delightful culinary experience.

Cooking Tips for Perfect Zucchini Flowers

  1. Choose Fresh Blossoms: Look for flowers that are bright, firm, and free from wilting or browning. They should have a fresh, green stem and an intact, vibrant blossom.
  2. Clean Gently: Rinse the flowers carefully under cold water and pat them dry with a paper towel. Remove the stamens from inside the blossoms to avoid any bitterness.
  3. Frying: One of the most popular ways to enjoy zucchini flowers is to coat them in a light batter then fry until golden and crisp. This method highlights the blossom’s delicate flavor and adds a satisfying crunch.
  4. Serve Immediately: Zucchini flowers are best enjoyed freshly cooked. At La Belugue, we serve them as an appetizer.

A Culinary Tradition

Zucchini flowers are not just an ingredient; they are a celebration of the season’s bounty and a testament to the culinary traditions of the Mediterranean. Their unique flavor and texture make them a standout dish that can elevate any summer meal. Fleur de courgette is sure to bring a touch of sunshine to your table.

Bon appétit!

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