Fiddleheads---a Springtime Treat!

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by frugal, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. frugal

    frugal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fiddleheads are harvested for a short time in the Spring on the heels of Maple Sugaring season. They're the first fresh vegetables we eat each year and they sure are delicious!

    Fiddleheads are a bright green fern with a brown paper like overcoat. They're found near water in shady areas. The woodlawn ferns (away from the water) will often make you ill.


    University of Maine Online Publication
    Fiddleheads are the young coiled fern leaves (about an inch in diameter) of the ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris). Nearly all ferns have fiddleheads, but those of the ostrich fern are unlike any other...

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    Fiddleheads as they first begin to pop out of the ground.

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    If they are out of the ground far enough to get a finger around the fiddlehead to snap it off, they're ready to pick!

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    A freshly picked fiddlehead.

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    The fiddleheads are still good to eat as long as they still have some of their brown coat still on.

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    Too far goneĀ—all green, they've completely shed their brown coat.

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    Notice the brown coat on the fiddleheads? These need to go away!


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    To clean the fiddleheads I put them in a wire basket and head to the stream.


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    And let the tumbling action caused by the stream do the work...not quite clean.

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    Clean and ready to cook.

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    Sauteed up with butter and garlic...yummy!

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  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    That looks very interesting! We just might have to go fiddlehead hunting here and see if we can find any back by our creek.

    Thanks for taking the time to post this! [​IMG]
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Interesting... I'll bet they're delicious!
     
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  4. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Anything sauteed in butter and fresh garlic is yummy Mahonri! [​IMG]
     
  5. blueberrylu

    blueberrylu Chillin' With My Peeps

    Fascinating!!! What do they taste like? I have been curious about them for years------ever since I saw them on an episode of the Frugal Gourmet.
     
  6. gypsy2621

    gypsy2621 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the taste of fiddle heads is kinda like a cross between spinich and brussel sprouts with out the bitter bite.
    Its a rite of spring, collecting , cleaning cooking and enjoying a steaming bowl of fiddles.

    I put a splash of vinear on yummy.
     
  7. frugal

    frugal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL, if you ask 10 people how fiddleheads taste you'll get 10 different answers! Mine is a cross between Asparagus and Brussel Sprouts, sweet and succulent and no bitterness.

    Quote:It sure is a rite of Spring around the northern climes. Our growing seasons are so short these early vegetables are very welcomed and did I mention they're FREE.

    I love them with vinegar also and have found them just so-so with Maple Syrup.

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  8. BrahmaMama

    BrahmaMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those look wonderful! And I agree with whoever said anything sauteed with garlic and butter is good [​IMG]
     
  9. Chicky Tocks

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    I love your post. They're so colorful and full of fun information. I've heard of eating fiddleheads, but never have tried it. Wonder if they're still coated down here in the south?

    Really, you should write and photograph for "Country Living" magazine or some similar.
     
  10. Backyard Farm

    Backyard Farm Certified Personal Chicken Attendant

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    WOW! Look Yummy!

    ...so you can use any fern?

    I have big green ones growing my the pond and creek. I don't know what find. Would these be safe to eat or only certain ferns?

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