While most people are familiar with the zucchini fruit, the leaves and flowers of young zucchini plants are also edible and may be cooked in various ways. Its flowers are often used to dress a meal or to garnish cooked fruit, or stuffed, or deep fried as tempura.
Despite its strong resemblance to the cucumber, zucchini is usually served cooked, though it may be eaten raw, sliced or shredded in a cold salad.
Considered a delicacy in Southern Italy and in Greece, young zucchini leaf buds are often seen in soups, or boiled as an appetizer. Whether sautéed, boiled, deep fried in batter or made as a salad, the possibilities with zucchini leaves are endless.
last update by M 11/7/2012