Saturday, April 7, 2012

Fiddling Around

Fiddleheads are coming up in some of the gardens I visited this week.  The young sprouts of ferns have one of the most magical shapes I can think of.  "Why can't they stay that way?" is my initial response, the same as when I see baby animals.  Nonetheless, the ferns are as magnificent completely unfurled as they are in their infantile state, so I can forgive the short time they spend in spiral form.

Of course, there are times when these gems can only be appreciated in their young state.  Below is one of my favorite ways of doing so.  
A delicious fiddlehead salad is one of my favorites.  I also like to steam and serve them with pasta.  They have a very "green", slightly bitter taste which goes very well with cheeses for some reason.

I think I'll go and hunt for them at the local Farmer's Market today.  If I were a rich man, I would buy ever fiddlehead sprout up! Have a great weekend!


  1. They are cool looking in that unfurling state. Never heard about eating them though.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  2. Hi Michael, I had to reread the date of this post to check I wasn't the April fool.
    I have never heard of eating the unfurling fronds of ferns.
    I only grow Ostrich Ferns here (which might not be edible) and New Zealand Tree Fern which is as sacred in our garden. I'd be in big trouble if I harvested those magiical croziers.
    I wonder if theres an outlet where I could buy them. The salad look delicious.

  3. Hi Cher and Paul! The edible fiddlehead comes from Matteuccia struthiopteris or the Ostrich Fern.

    Paul - you don't have to look any further than your garden to enjoy a similar salad. Happy Eating!

  4. Hi, Michael - I never see fiddleheads without thinking of the bishops' croziers, like Paul above. That would be my name for them. I didn't realize they were edible! What cheese would you use with them?

  5. Hi Mark! I like the image of the crozier and, in fact, I think it is more appropriate than fiddlehead! However, fiddlehead they are known in New England and fiddlehead they remain, I guess.

    I like fiddleheads with a creamy goat cheese as a cold dish and with pecorino romano with a warm dish.

  6. That salad looks delicious. And very stylish too!

  7. Well there you go, Michael, that's two thinks I've learnt - I didn't know they were called fiddleheads, and I certainly didn't know they were edible! How could you?! Does look a very artistic salad though, but I'm not convinced...

  8. Beautiful ferns, I didn't know that you could eat some of those.
    Have a great day.

  9. I haven't tried eating ferns yet. I have a bunch of ferns in my garden as well. They give my house a compelling look. By the way, that salad looks delicious.

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