Storified by ebanreb· Fri, Apr 05 2013 18:57:46
Summer squash blooms are very edible either raw or cooked. It just requires covering them with some batter and frying in oil to give a terrific taste and flavorful treat. The male blossoms are the ones to use for this epicurean delight. You should only use male blossoms since they are more plentiful than the female ones unless you want to reduce squash production. The male blossoms have a stem that is thin and trim while the female is very thick with a bulge at the base of the petals since your squash is forming at this point. However you do need to have a few male blossoms on the plant for additional pollination so don't pick all of them.
Nutritional value is somewhat lower in summer squash than its counterpart of winter squash. This is the result of its immaturity. Most of the nutritional value resides in the peel of a squash so never peel a summer squash. This fruit is excellent steamed,fried,boiled or grilled and in stir fry mix with onions and all varieties of vegetables including tomatoes.