Zucchini flowers: How to choose, store and prepare
Zucchini flowers (Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times)
How to choose: Choose flowers that have been picked early in the morning and are tightly closed (they're more likely to be bug-free). Rinse them gently under cold water and tease them open with your finger just to make sure. Also, I prefer male flowers (just stems, no squash attached) because by the time the squash is cooked through, the flowers are usually overdone.
How to store: Zucchini flowers should be refrigerated tightly sealed.
How to prepare: If you don't want to fry them, cut zucchini flowers into shreds and add them to a risotto or a quesadilla filling.