Zucchini Plant – Blooms

Q: I know that the first blooms on a zucchini plant are the male flowers. If I cut those off will the female flowers that come later still produce zucchini fruit? I love fried squash blossoms!

A: You can fry the male blossoms with abandon. Squash and zucchini naturally produce male blooms for a couple of weeks before female flowers form. Soon both male and female will appear at the same time and zucchini squash will develop at the base of the female flowers.