Zucchini (also known as courgette) might be treated like the bigger deal here in the US, but across the sea, zucchini flowers hold their own spectacularly. In fact, if you're familiar with stuffed mushrooms at all, you have stuffed zucchini flowers to thank! When Europeans immigrated to the US, the lack of zucchini flowers is one of the main reasons stuffed mushrooms came to exist. It's time this tasty, flavorful flower got the recognition it deserves, and this summer is the perfect time to do it. Stuffed, fried, or baked, courgette blossoms are the perfect way to add a dash of color, elegance, and taste to any meal.

Baked, Ricotta-Stuffed Courgette Flowers from Miss Igs

Baked, Ricotta-Stuffed Cougarette Flowers

Spaghetti with Squash Blossoms from In Erika's Kitchen

Spaghetti with Squash Blossoms

Zucchini Blossom Fritters from The Parsley Thief

Zucchini Blossom Fritters

Zucchini Rice from A Pinch of Curiosity

Zucchini Rice

Zucchini Blossom Pizza from Vegan Good Things

Zucchini Blossom PizzaTempura Battered Zucchini Blossoms Stuffed with Bacon and Cheese

Zucchini Blossom Muffins from A Culinary Journey with Chef Dennis

Zucchini Blossom Muffins

Cheesy Fried Zucchini Flowers from Eliza Domestica

Cheesy Fried Zucchini Flowers

Courgette Flower Quesadillas from Kitchen Life Skills

Courgette Flower QuesadillasRisotto with Zucchini Flowers