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How to make Fried Pumpkin Blossoms

Most people look at me funny when I say I am going to be serving fried pumpkin blossoms. Many people do not realize that they actually taste very much like fried morel mushrooms.

Fresh Pumpkin Blossoms

Fresh Pumpkin Blossoms

As you all know by now my Mom is an avid gardener. Every summer since I can remember she has been making her famous fried pumpkin blossoms. I grew up eating them, my children have grown up eating them and now my grandchildren are eating them. I guess that the tradition is being passed down through the generations because they are so good and taste like fried morel mushrooms.

Every spring, in our neck-of-the-woods, people go “mushroom hunting.”  What they are actually doing is traipsing through the woods to find morel mushrooms. Now, remember, not all mushrooms are safe to eat. **Some mushrooms are poisonous so before you go gathering a handful make sure you are ingesting the safe varieties.

Now let’s take a trip to the farm…

See those lovely large green leaves growing on that mound of dirt?  Those are pumpkins.  Not just any kind of pumpkins but a variety called Connecticut Field Pumpkins.  This particular variety of pumpkin is usually grown specifically for its blossoms.  It can also be used for carving and for baking; although in my opinion there are better varieties to use for baking. It usually produces medium pumpkins; approximately 8 – 10 inches in height and 12 inches in diameter with the average weight being 12 pounds. 

Pumpkin Plants

Pumpkin Plants

It is quick and easy to pick the pumpkin blossoms.  They are so tender that they practically fall off into your hands when you pick them.  Occasionally there will be a few bees inside the blossoms so we are always careful to tap the blossoms before we pick them. The bees help pollinate the plants and that, in turn, is what helps the plants produce the pumpkins.

A Pumpkin Blossom

A Pumpkin Blossom

We gather as many of the blossoms that we want.  If we leave the blossoms on the vine, they will eventually turn into pumpkins.

We take the blossoms home and gently rinse them with cool water.

Now for the yummy part.

How to make Fried Pumpkin Blossoms

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  • 2 to 3 cups cracker crumbs
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • fresh pumpkin blossoms


  1. In a small bowl, place finely ground cracker crumbs
  2. In a separate bowl, add eggs. Slightly beat them.
  3. Dip pumpkin blossoms in eggs, then into cracker crumbs.
  4. Place in a well greased skillet, heated to medium heat.
  5. Fry for 3 - 4 minutes.
  6. Flip and fry another 3 - 4 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Serve warm.

*To make this recipe gluten-free, simply use gluten-free cracker crumbs or gluten-free Panko crumbs.

pumpkin blossom 4

The first step is to dredge the pumpkin blossoms in the beaten eggs and allow the excess to drain off, then coat each side of the blossom with cracker crumbs.

A Pumpkin Blossom Covered in Eggs and Cracker Crumbs

A Pumpkin Blossom Covered in Eggs and Cracker Crumbs

Fry the blossoms in a small amount of oil, (I prefer extra virgin olive oil). It’s optional but you can sprinkle the blossoms with a dash of salt. (I usually do not salt mine because I feel like there is enough salt in the cracker crumbs). Fry blossoms on both sides until golden brown. Remove from heat and serve. 

Frying Pumpkin Blossoms

Frying Pumpkin Blossoms

I prefer my blossoms without condiments, however, my husband likes to eat his with ketchup.  To make this recipe gluten-free simply substitute regular crackers with gluten-free cracker crumbs.  All other ingredients are naturally gluten-free. 

These pumpkin blossoms taste very similar to fried morel mushrooms and they are super easy to grow.  No more ‘hunting’ for those ever evasive wild mushrooms… simply grow a few of these pumpkin plants and they will be at your very fingertips!  

Fired Pumpkin Blossoms

Fired Pumpkin Blossoms

How to Make Fried Pumpkin Blossoms


Happy picking!


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