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Croghan27

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« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2007, 04:56:21 PM »
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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.


Used to get them in the market, dowmntown - $4 a lb is rather pricey .... Never was a big fan of them alone .. but with a more substantial meal they fit in well.   :D
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« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2007, 05:05:48 PM »
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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...


The thing is: almost all ferns look like fiddleheads when they're just starting. But not all ferns really are fiddleheads. Don't ask me: I'm sure there's an expert on this somewhere.

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« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2007, 05:08:30 PM »
I'll have you know that I am not now, nor have ever been, a fiddlehhead. I used to play fidddle, but that's something else entirely.

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« Reply #18 on: May 22, 2007, 05:33:30 PM »
One of my teens is learning to play the fiddle and she's no fiddlehead either!
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« Reply #19 on: May 22, 2007, 07:49:23 PM »
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Fiddleheads are the young growth of the Ostrich fern, known botanically as Metteucia Struthiopteris. They are perennials, which are a member of the small sub family of Onocleoid ferns that grow throughout the northern temperate regions of the world.  A good way of identifying the proper edible fiddlehead ferns is by looking at a cross section of the stem. It must be concave at the front of the unfurling fern all the way up the stem. Their rich green color is another distinguishing feature of this wild vegetable.
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« Reply #20 on: May 22, 2007, 09:28:05 PM »
Mine looks like this and this.
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« Reply #21 on: May 22, 2007, 09:34:26 PM »
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2005/05/ ... 50527.html

No Berlynn they are unfurled so don't count. They must be the right ones.

The trick is to clean clean clean and then clean some more before steaming them. Lottsa butter and salt as skdadl suggests. Otherwise they taste like dirt.  And as article says you only get sick if undercooked. And don't buy them, go to a river and look on the banks.

I had to laugh Bonesy that your link is to Industry Canada.
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« Reply #22 on: May 23, 2007, 05:59:57 AM »
Well, that's interesting. I had just never heard of that reaction to them. I think I must have guts of steel or something. The only thing I can't eat is COCONUT. Ugh, coconut.  *cue Coconut*

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« Reply #23 on: May 23, 2007, 12:42:30 PM »
Even coconut milk, in lovely curry dishes?  :shock:

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« Reply #24 on: May 26, 2008, 02:46:06 PM »
Am enjoying fiddleheads...have had them four times this season.  I clean 'em, and cut the stalks down to no more than half an inch, then steam them.  They taste sort of like asparagus.  The "does not compute" element is that the water turns a deep rust colour.  When broccoli (green) gets steamed, the water turns green.  When fiddleheads (green) get steamed, the water turns red :?:

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Re: Fiddleheads: Who knew?
« Reply #25 on: May 26, 2008, 03:03:41 PM »
High iron content? (See: I do remember some things from high school chemistry.)

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Re: Fiddleheads: Who knew?
« Reply #26 on: May 06, 2009, 10:06:55 PM »
They're baaack...and I'm an idjit for not reading/recalling this thread before scarfing them down.

Managed to stare at the steamer basket thingy for a few seconds...know something connected from days gone by...then sloth took over & the fiddleheads got wrapped up in foil with lots of butter & garlic and placed on the barbecue...

They were OK, but not yummy like last year...the worst thing was waking up the next day with acute gut-rot...no purge (which would probably be preferable) but the sense of having eaten a bushel of seriously green apples...

Will attempt again soon...this time tried & true steamed...

Damn seasonable foods!

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Re: Fiddleheads: Who knew?
« Reply #27 on: May 07, 2009, 09:10:11 AM »
It's funny how many conversations you can recognize right away when you see them again and yet would never have remembered we wrote.

Well, I'll have a look for the fiddleheads, and maybe it's time to go on asparagus alert as well. I don't have the hibachi out and am unlikely to do that before I move, so I'm not in danger of your mistaky, k'in. Och, poor k'in.   ;)   In that condition, I always find several hits of very strong coffee get things moving again, as it were.

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Re: Fiddleheads: Who knew?
« Reply #28 on: May 07, 2009, 09:34:51 AM »
I find fiddleheads hard to digest too. I haven't seen any asparagus at the Jean-Talon market yet, but it seems some farms have it.
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Re: Fiddleheads: Who knew?
« Reply #29 on: May 07, 2009, 09:38:57 AM »
Ew. Fiddleheads. Just thinking about them gives me cramps.

It's akin to eating a meal of cucumber peels.

 

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