Pumpkin Flowers have a lovely sweet mild pumpkin flavour. Pick them early in the morning when they are in full bloom. Place in a ziplock bag and keep in the refrigerator to keep fresh. Wash and dry carefully, a salad spinner works best.
Eat them in a salad, toss salad greens with a light dressing. Toss ripped flowers on top of greens looks beautiful and tastes delicious
Only pick the male flowers, the female flowers have a tiny pumpkin at the base.
Leave the female to grow into a pumpkin. Pumpkin flowers are also delicious cooked the same way as Zucchini flowers. Sauteed Pumpkin Flowers with Ricotta
To ricotta cheese add a little garlic crushed with salt, some finely chopped chives and parsley. Stuff into the pumpkin flower. Heat a small amount of olive oil in a pan and lightly saute the flowers for a few minutes.
This is delicious.