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« on: May 21, 2007, 06:38:00 PM »
So, I said the other day to sweetie that I'd never eaten fiddleheads. So, he buys some. I was washing them and thinking they look kinda skanky. I consult Joy of Cooking and there's something about allergy. I consult the web and find this: CFIA warning

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There have been a few reported cases of illnesses in Canada connected with eating fiddleheads. Although no proven cause for this hazard has yet been identified, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency believes that the most likely cause is an unidentified natural toxin present in the fiddleheads.


I'm not eating them.

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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2007, 06:42:45 PM »
They are delish. I love fiddleheads.

Send them to me by taxi. Put lots of butter on.

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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2007, 06:44:42 PM »
sweetie is going to eat them to demonstrate that fern hill is too persnickety.

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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2007, 06:58:00 PM »
Here's the thing, fern hill.  Those of us who are sensitive to fiddleheads' .... um, nutrients respond almost immediately to its intensely laxative quality.  Not pleasant at all.

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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2007, 07:00:45 PM »
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Here's the thing, fern hill.  Those of us who are sensitive to fiddleheads' .... um, nutrients respond almost immediately to its intensely laxative quality.  Not pleasant at all.


Ugh. It's Awful. I will never ever eat fiddleheads again.  :shock:
However, I think it has to do with the cooking technique as well - they need to be cooked enough to neutralise the "nutrients". But the taste sure wasn't worth it anyways.

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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2007, 07:03:08 PM »
We're having fiddleheads tonight. Also asparagus, and I am taking a) a Chinese bbq duck b) a remoulade salad of celeriac and grated carrot, with a sauce of fake (soya-based) cream and mustard c) Chinese vegetable-filled dumplings, with a peanut sauce I've just made (real peanut butter, soya sauce, a bit of something sweet - I had a little bit of sweet rice wine, you could use a bit of sugar, honey or fruit juice etc, a modicum of that Vietnamese fresh chilli paste, hot water to dilute everything...) and d) the requisite vino (an organic one).

Unfortunately I'm very tired from working long hours yesterday and today, and certainly won't stay long... :( Friends from Belgium are returning there tomorrow - they are staying with downstairs neighbour in co-op.

That said, fortunately this is NOT a sociable co-op where people all do stuff together. We are all a bunch of old grumps.
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2007, 07:05:20 PM »
Woo-hoo. Me, I've got a poop-related event in my future. Is it mean of me to wish that sweetie is 'sensitive'?

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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2007, 10:29:53 PM »
I've never eaten fiddlesticks either, or even heard of them! The pictures look interesting. Something tells me I would prefer them with garlic and chilli powder rather than butter.

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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2007, 10:33:09 PM »
sweetie ate 'em with no immediate consequences. He put hot sauce on them. eph, they're fiddleheads.

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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2007, 10:38:16 PM »
:lol:  :oops:

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« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2007, 12:59:18 AM »
I love fiddlesticks. Haven't had them for years and had no idea that they could cause discomfort to some. In highschool, my boyfriend's mom would canoe to this nearby field and pick them fresh. I had never heard of them and thought the bf and family were teasing me when they said we were having fiddleheads for dinner. Seriously, the name sounded so bizarre.
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« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2007, 01:59:29 AM »
I've only had fiddleheads once, in NB. I wish we could get them out here, but alas, I've never seen them.

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« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2007, 03:11:05 AM »
They show up at the Co-op for maybe a week, so for me it's a matter of luck whether I run across them or not.
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« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2007, 03:23:34 AM »
I think I have something like fiddleheads growing in my yard.  They turn into a very beautiful fern and then stand all winter as a solid reddish brown stalk.    But I'm ascared to eat them...
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« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2007, 09:58:17 AM »
Had fiddleheads Saturday evening. It's the start of the season. They are at $3.99/lb at thge moment and will probably fluctuate between $1.99 and $4.99 until the season ends around June 30.. I like them with vinegar on them. Convinced our 5 year old to try them. Our 10 year old devours them. They will be a weekly regular in our house for the duration of the season.

 

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