Big leaf maple trees bloom from April to early May here in New Hampshire and what a treat it is! Such a beautiful bouquet of yellow-green blossoms. The flowering clusters emerge in the spring, right before the leaves grow. Each stalk is full of nectar and taste pleasantly sweet. They can easily be plucked from the tree or one can patiently wait for the flowers to drop. Once gathered, nibble on them raw, throw some in a sandwich or salad, or fry them up!
Big Leaf Maple Blossom Fritters
2 cups blossoms
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon corn starch
Pinch of salt and pepper
1 cup cold water
Vegetable oil (frying)
Once you’ve gathered your blossoms, allow them to sit out for a bit. This will give the tiny inhabitants a moment to escape!
Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix. Stir in the cold water
Heat 1-inch of oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. You’ll know the oil is ready when you add a drop of water to it and you hear crackling
Now dip each flower blossom in the batter and allow any excess to drip off. Carefully place them in the hot oil. Don’t crowd them! Fry until lightly brown on both sides. Remove and place on paper towels.
Serve and munch them up immediately!