How to Make Squash Blossom Tortillas
The response to my quesadillas florales post last Sunday (here) has been overwhelming! Thank you so much for your kind words and enthusiasm! I thought I would show another variation of tortillas florales, by using a flor de calabasa (squash blossom). In addition to being quite pretty, the blossom does add a nice hint of squash flavor to the tortillas.
Harvest a squash blossom, clean, then slice petals to fit onto a tortilla.
Using a tortilla press, form masa dough into a tortilla.
(See previous post for step-by-step instruction to make tortillas).
Arrange squash blossom on the tortilla. Cover with plastic wrap.
Press down on the lid of the tortilla press to embed the blossoms.
Cook tortillas in an ungreased skillet or comal for about 50 seconds per side.
Keep warm between folds of cloth napkins until ready to serve.
The squash plant pictured above only had a few flowers (female) in bloom.
These blossoms pictured above (male) were purchased at my local Mexican market. Usually it’s the male flowers that are harvested. These have stems, where the female blossom is attached directly to the fruit. The function of the male flower is to pollinate the female with the help of bees. It is only the female blossom that produces the fruit. Either male and female blossoms can be used to make tortillas flores de calabasas but you will most likely find the males at the market, as the females are left in the garden to bear the fruit.
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