Eat these like candy; they are that good. Fry up a batch, enjoy them fresh, then do more. You want male flowers which have stems. Females are attached to the squash. Harvest flowers once they have just opened and use them as soon as possible. Ask for flowers at farmers' markets and in specialty food shops. Do be sure the blossoms are from zucchini as other squash flowers often have strong, unpleasant flavors.
If you wash the flowers, do it very gently and dry them suspended upside down. Both the coatings below are excellent. The first is fly-away crisp and a more batter-like finish. The second is my grandmother's and is barely noticed on the flowers. Use a cold-pressed vegetable oil (peanut or grape seed oil are best), if possible. If the flowers are organic, life is truly good.
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Lynne Rossetto Kasper has won numerous awards as host of The Splendid Table, including two James Beard Foundation Awards (1998, 2008) for Best National Radio Show on Food, five Clarion Awards (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014) from Women in Communication, and a Gracie Allen Award in 2000 for Best Syndicated Talk Show.