Fiddleheads Ferns grow on the edge of streams and river in shady spots. They are a coveted delicacy and fiddlehead patches are secretly guarded by foragers who strive to assure their supply year after year.
This year I was welcomed into the world of fiddleheading. Having never tasted let alone picked a fiddlehead before, I was in for an amazing springtime treat.
In this article I will talk about foraging for fiddleheads, how to identify the correct fern and then go on to ways to prepare fiddleheads. They are delicious but you do need to know how to properly cook them since improper cooking can cause you to feel quite ill.
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Your last subheading, Fiddlehead Recipe, describes fiddleheads sautéed with garlic and olive oil and served in Alfredo- or Marinara-sauced pasta. You indicate that leftovers improve quiches and salads.
What else is put in a fiddlehead quiche or salad?
Fiddleheads look like they also might go well with plant burgers. What else would you consider stacking into a fiddleheaded plant burger?
Would any fiddlehead leftovers -- be they from pasta, quiche, salad, sautée or whatever -- be bagged or containered and frozen? How long would they cooperate with storing and serving another time?
As a Briton I was unaware of fiddleheads, so I am delighted to learn of a new foragable plant. I don't envisage foraging for them in Britain, as I am disabled so I now don't forage much, but the information is good to know
Fiddleheads are in Season! You can purchase them at www.gizmospickles.com or at local farmer's markets.
How interesting! My sister lives in East Tennessee so I'll have to look for them the next time I visit in the spring.
If you would like to try some pickled fiddleheads we offer free samples at Farmers Markets in Central Vermont. We also ship jars of pickled fiddleheads. See the link above to Gizmo's Pickled Plus.
I've yet to taste them but someday soon i may venture into the world of fiddleheads
Nice introduction to fiddleheads. Had no idea but it's good to know!
I would be afraid that I'd pick the wrong plant and poison myself. I'd order from a store, though. Thanks for introducing me to fiddleheads.
One of the things I miss about Vermont. Nicely presented, Evelyn.
Fiddleheads taste a bit like asparagus.