Friday, April 18, 2008


Fiddleheads rate right up there among the weird things we like to eat around the Bay of Fundy. Fiddleheads are the unfurled fronds of young wild ferns that we harvest for eating every Spring. They are steamed or boiled but must be cooked (um, not that anyone would really find them appetizing raw, anyway!) before eating. They are only available anytime now 'til early May but just for a week or so before they fully spread out into the full fern plant.

Most folks eat them freshly cooked with a small amount of melted butter. They taste a lot like other super-green veggies - perhaps kale or broccoli-ish , but with a taste all their own. Once cooked, they can be chilled for use in salads, frozen for use later in the season or pickled. Delicious!

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