Marrow: – the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; “the gist of the prosecutor’s argument”; “the nub of the story”
Marrow – Courgette flower – nasty plants with thorny leaves and stems but the flowers are huge, beautiful and paper thin – they eventually turn into a courgette/marrow/pumpkin.
The female flower is a golden blossom on the end of each emergent zucchini. The male flower grows directly on the stem of the zucchini plant in the leaf axils (where leaf petiole meets stem), on a long stalk, and is slightly smaller than the female. Both flowers are edible, and are often used to dress a meal or garnish the cooked fruit. Firm and fresh blossoms that are only slightly open are cooked to be eaten, with pistils removed from female flowers, and stamens removed from male flowers. The stem on the flowers can be retained as a way of giving the cook something to hold onto during cooking, rather than injuring the delicate petals, or they can be removed prior to cooking, or prior to serving. There are a variety of recipes in which the flowers may be deep fried as fritters or tempura (after dipping in a light tempura batter), stuffed, sautéed, baked, or used in soups. In Mexico, the flower is often used for a soup, sopa de flor de calabaza, and it is quite popular in a variation of the traditional quesadillas, becoming quesadillas de flor de calabaza. Zucchini is also used in a variety of other dishes (rajas), and as a side dish.
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Featured 27th May 2011
I dedicate this to Yves for his wonderful comment to this image
The Heart Of The Marrow – Courgette Flower