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Old 05-16-2010, 07:11 PM   #11
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Old 05-16-2010, 07:18 PM   #12
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I absolutely ADORE fiddleheads, & buy them whenever quality ones are available. For me that was just last week at Wegmans - a big bin full of the nice crisp fresh fern heads. (Do avoid the brown slimy plastic clam-shell packed Fiddleheads that have recently appeared at a few markets - Harris Teeter around here. Ugh.)

I just blanch them in boiling water for about 3-4 minutes tops, & then usually just drain & dress with butter, salt, & pepper. Sometimes I'll sub in Cavendar's Greek Seasoning. Sometimes I'll add them to a spring vegetable stirfry. The simpler prep the better, as their flavor is very mild.
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Old 05-16-2010, 07:21 PM   #13
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So they are only available certain times of the year???
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Yes - late April thru late May is the usual season for fresh, although there are a few online companies that sell them frozen (fiddleheads do freeze well).

The edible "fiddlehead" is actually the emerging shoot of the Ostrich Fern. So once spring passes & the ferns have unfolded, the season for culinary use is over.

The Ostrich Fern is the only variety considered safely edible, although even then it should never be consumed raw, only cooked. So if woods wandering, never assume any "fiddlehead" you see is edible - all ferns emerge that way, & many are deadly toxic.
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Old 05-16-2010, 08:06 PM   #15
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Damn those look good... Going up to Atlanta in the morning and going straight to whole foods to see if I can get me some of those bad boys!!!
Found them In whole foods by the exotic mushrooms ( just so it doesnt turn into a scavenger hunt for you). I was impressed because the cashier actually knew what they were ( they weren't labeled).
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