The weather is getting up into the 90s here already and the summer squash plants are still small but are beginning to produce flower buds. I'm not sure if that's because of stress from the weather changing so drastically and rapidly or just business as usual, but I think I would like to harvest this first set of blossoms to eat them, rather than letting the plant fruit so early, as I am afraid it may die or abort the fruit.
I have never done this before! Can I use the blossoms from any squash? Do you just pick them once they've opened? I know this will not guarantee the fruit will not grow, as there are lots of bees (honey bees AND native bees), but will it stimulate the plant to produce even more flowers?
Anyone got any good (vegetarian or easily modified) squash flower recipes? Can they be eaten raw, in salads, etc?