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sarah h 05-12-2008 05:58 PM

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I can't remember what thread I was in when I mentioned fiddleheads a while back, so I decided to post a follow-up even though they were cooked on the stove.

Here's they first very small batch, harvested from the yard by my daughter who loves them - bit of butter, squirt of lemon ...

Next year (they're not here very long), I'll substitute these for nettles in Frances' nettle pie recipe and bake it in the oven.

Frances 05-13-2008 05:27 AM

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What are they? Looks like some kind of fern?

asudavew 05-13-2008 06:37 AM

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Very interesting.
How do they taste?
Anything familiar to compare them to?

Alfredo 05-13-2008 07:21 AM

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Local asparagus (not the stuff trucked in from Chile) and fiddleheads are most welcome as sure signs of spring around here. Fiddleheads - Wild Harvest Gourmet - Recipes. Delicious

One caution, though: taken in excess fiddleheads do have certain. ahem, emetic properties and may cause gastric as well as social distress :o

james 05-13-2008 11:32 AM

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Alfredo 05-13-2008 12:01 PM

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More like Pepto-Bismol :eek:

But seriously, moderate consumption is fine. It's just that when the first ones appear some of us get a little overly enthusiastic :rolleyes:

gjbingham 05-13-2008 11:21 PM

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Funny, I was looking through the Audubon Filed Guide to the Pacific NW today. It shows a fiddlehead being the new growth of a fern, the part that rolls out as it grows a new leaflet (for lack of a better term). Oyster mushroooms for me and now fiddleheads for you!? What a day. Are you eating ferns Sarah?

sarah h 05-16-2008 06:56 PM

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Frances & George, they are ferns - embryonic ones - and as for the taste Dave ... not really like anything else yet kind of like most greens, in a way. Alfredo, some of those recipes look pretty good - for next year though. Gotta catch 'em quick because once they start to unfurl it's too late. The photo below shows them just a few days later. As for gastric distress, either I've been lucky up to now or I just don't eat enough of them!

gjbingham 05-16-2008 11:26 PM

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Pffffffffft. Excuse my gas! :)

Sounds very spinachy - is that a word? Did you tell us that you liked them Sarah? I've forgotten. Perhaps you just like the gaseous emmisions! :)

BrianShaw 04-10-2009 09:19 PM

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Originally Posted by gjbingham (Post 32643)
Sounds very spinachy - is that a word?

Fiddleheads remind me more of the asparagas flavor... or in your language, they are somewhat asparagassy. :eek:

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