Squash is available all year long as ayote, güicoy or even chilacayote, all members of the squash and pumpkin family. Squashes are quite prominent in the Guatemalan diet where every part is eaten, from the flowers to the flesh, the skin, the leaves and even the seeds, called pepitoria, pumpkin seeds, which are quite popular in caries and ground as part of several sauces.
Even though the flor de calabaza, better known as flor de güicoy in Guatemala, is not as popular as an ingredient as it is México, you can still can find it when in season on market days. squash flowers can used in soups, stir-frys, omelettes, or even in Mexican quesadillas.
What’s your favourite dish of squash flowers?
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