Do you eat fiddleheads???

Fiddleheads - o you know what fiddleheads are?
@Nadinest1 (2040)
Canada
November 21, 2010 10:45am CST
I am sure most of you have not heard of fiddleheads....besides the ones on the end of a fiddle. In New Brunswick, Canada, we pick fiddleheads and eat them. The are a type of fern that like to grow around the edges of river and streams. In the spring of the year, when the fiddleheads are still curled up, we pick them, bring them home, wash them, blanch them(cook them for a few minutes) and them freeze them in bags...some people like to bottle them. If you wait too long, the fiddleheads will un-curl and look like ferns and then it is too late to pick them. They are a delicasy here. Have you heard of them....and have you eaten them?
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• United States
21 Nov 10
I have never heard of fiddleheads before your discussion. I just asked my boyfriend and he assumed they were like crabs. But I saw your picture so I told him no. He asks if this is like an Indian treat?? I could not answer. So can you tell me where they come from as it is so interesting.
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@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
21 Nov 10
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiddlehead_fern Info on fiddleheads from Wikipedia.
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• United States
21 Nov 10
Thanks for the information, I just opened it and both my boyfriend and I are viewing it. Looks very tasty.
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• United States
21 Nov 10
I have not heard of "fiddleheads" until now. However, here we have lamb's quarter and polk salad. These are naturally growing greens that we can pick to eat. I have canned lots of both! And some times I froze batches of them too. I actually like to cook the two together for a real full flavor. However, the polk salad has to be cooked then rinsed and cooked again. Or so I've been told. I have heard it can actually make you sick if you don't do it just like that!
@nscanada (180)
• Canada
21 Nov 10
When I have them they remind of beet greens.
@GardenGerty (102559)
• United States
21 Nov 10
I really like beet greens, or at least I used to when I grew beets.
@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
22 Nov 10
I like beet greens too.
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
29 Nov 10
Hi Nadine, Im in the States(New England) and here they were very common while I was growing up. I remember picking them with my mom and having them at dinner time. When my kids were small, I rmember cooking them for them. I haven't had them in several years. They are delicious and you can't beat the price!
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@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
29 Nov 10
Fiddleheads are free for the picking, but expensive in the stores.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
24 Nov 10
Seeing as how this is the first time that I've ever heard of a fiddlehead as a fern or something that is edible, I would be lying if I was to say that I eat them. Since I've never had the opportunity to eat them, do you care at all to share about what they taste like? It might be something that I would love to have the opportunity to try if and when I ever have the opportunity in my life to visit your neck of the woods.
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@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
24 Nov 10
They remind me a little bit of beet greens....without that tangy taste.
@celticeagle (119865)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Nov 10
I have heard of that type of fern but didn't know it was good to eat. I used to pick lambs quarter and eat it. People thought I was nuts. You see it alot around here. Looks like another weed but it good to eat like spinach. Alittle venigar and they are very tasty. I will have to try some fiddleheads.
@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
22 Nov 10
A lot of people put a little bit of vinegar on their fiddleheads as well. I just like butter and salt. Yum.
@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
21 Nov 10
hi nadinest odd I was just thinking of fiddlehead ferns as back in my home state S;D. we had those ferns growingv on creek banks and I used o say as a kid I wonder if you could eat those, and ev en chewed on one that was all curled up, it really did not taste bad but the adults were all worried that it would make me sick but it did notg. I have always thought those could be eaten.This is really interesting as they did look edible. I imagine when they uncurl they would become bitter a lot like dandelion greens if you pick them when they have gone to bloom. young heads are as delicious as spinach is and a tiny bit peppery but de liious cooked as greens.
@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
22 Nov 10
It IS ironic that you know what I am talking about. You can find them in some stores....but they are boxed in very small boxes....most people pick them in 5 gallon pails here. Glad I'm not the only one out there who know what fiddleheads are.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
21 Nov 10
I've never heard or seen them before. They look interesting according to your photo. What do they taste like?
@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
22 Nov 10
I guess they taste like...ummm...fiddleheads. LOL.....sort of leafy, like lettuce I guess. Butter and salt make them heavenly.
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
29 Nov 10
I think they taste like a cross between dandilion greens and asperigus. If you like green veges then you'll love these. I can't imagine buying them in a store though. They grow wild and I thought they grew in most parts of the world but I could be wrong. When I was growing up, I used to go picking them with my mother and we had them pretty regularly. Where I lived, fiddleheads were as common a vegetable as green beans.
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@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
29 Nov 10
Interesting. I'll keep an eye out at the store next time.
• China
19 Jan 11
What you said is like eastern bracken fern whose Latin name is Folium Pteridii Latiusculi.It is a delicacy from mountain here.It is a wild perennial sporogony herb with edible tender leaves and stem,underground roots can be made into starch.
@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
20 Jan 11
Well now....that is a lot of information about the fiddlehead that I didn't know. Thanks so much.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
21 Nov 10
No and NO I havent
@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
22 Nov 10
All-righty, then!!!
@shaggin (37756)
• United States
16 Jan 11
I have never heard of fiddleheads. The picture looks gross. I dont think it is something that I would ever want to try lol but then again its good to try everything once if given the opportunity since we never know what we might really enjoy. I wonder what they taste like for some reason I'm guessing brussel sprouts.
22 Nov 10
never heard about.emmm.....i like fiddleheads can :)
@djbtol (5498)
• United States
21 Nov 10
Your are right - I have never heard of them. But now that you have enlightened me, I will keep my eyes open for more info, and maybe a chance to try them. I guess there is always something new right around the corner.
@GardenGerty (102559)
• United States
21 Nov 10
I have heard of them before, but never have tried them. I would like to though. I like lots of different "vegetables."
@BarBaraPrz (20765)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
21 Nov 10
I've heard of fiddleheads, even seen them in the grocery, but never tried them. What do they taste like?