Male and female squash blossom pictures

Boy squash:
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Girl squash:
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There are more complicated ways to tell the difference, but on the vine, it’s easiest to remember that no matter how small the blossom, a female squash blossom always has a micro-version of the eventual squash. (This is a butternut – you can tell from the shape.) No baby squash = male blossom. The males generally bloom first.

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14 Comments

  1. Leasmom said,

    September 18, 2008 at 9:35 am

    oh my god. I didn’t know there was a sex to squash. Now I’ve got to run out and look at my winter squash that’s creeping out in all directions.

  2. Liss said,

    September 18, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Squash blossoms are awesome. Here’s why:

    http://www.recipezaar.com/236801

    I will note, goat cheese or sheep’s milk cheese is even tastier. I’m not sure the beer is strictly necessary. A light drizzle of honey over these when they’re done and OH MY GODS.

  3. Leasmom said,

    September 18, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    I have the female ends that haven’t grown into baby squashes like yours yet, but I guess that’s just a matter of time. Thanks for the info!!!

  4. Buttercup said,

    October 2, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Of course, you want to leave the female blossoms alone so they can grow into squash, and pick the male blossoms to eat – but better leave a few!

    As Emily says, early in the season it seems most of the blossoms are male, so that’s a good time to eat them.

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  7. Anonymous said,

    June 20, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Thanks for the beautiful information about male and female. your site is knowledgeable and keep going. I exact do all as what you do. Banking,growing,canning etc.

  8. BarbS said,

    July 7, 2012 at 4:42 am

    WHODATHUNK??? Now, is there a way to tell whether the female blossom has been fertilized (except by waiting a month for the squash to grow)??

    • Anonymous said,

      July 7, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      If its not pollinated, it will shrivel and fall off in a week or so.

  9. September 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Thank you! I knew I was letting our pumpkin blossoms go to waste but was afraid of picking the wrong ones . . . since reading this I’ve been getting great batches of blossoms from our garden and have been making stuffed squash blossoms all summer! (recipe is on my blog if you’re interested :) )

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  12. Mary Najar said,

    August 16, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I have been battling squash bugs all summer and have barely gotten any squash. I am tired of not getting any fruit. Can I eat the female blossoms also. Since I have plenty of blooms, I thought I would just harvest the flowers and eat them. At least I will get something from the plant.

    • Emily said,

      August 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      You sure can. Enjoy the tiny squashes!
      And a hint for next year – move the squash to a new patch and add a couple big shovelfuls of half composted manure. That should boost the nutrition enough so your plants can better fend off the bugs.


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