Saturday, May 01, 2010

Another sign of spring



I've never actually eaten fiddleheads - fern sprouts. The season for them is very short - only three weeks or so. They do have them in the supermarket, but I've been told they're much better fresh. Fiddleheads aren't just any old ferns though and, just like with mushrooms, if you don't know what you're doing and pick the wrong kind you can make yourself sick. (Oh, and in case you're wondering - I don't think putting them on pizza is a common way to eat fiddleheads!)

11 comments:

Ayak said...

Fascinating!

Alcoholic Daze (ADDY) said...

You lean something every day. Why fiddlehead, I wonder. Is it to do with the shape of the tips.

midwesttomidlands said...

I've never heard of them before. sounds interesting!

If I Could Escape . . . said...

Never heard of them either. I think you need to go and take a photo of this fiddlehead pizza for us.

If I Could Escape . . . said...

Forgot to ask what your kids think of all the drama going on with the general election right now. Mine are perplexed and fascinated by it.

Mrs H said...

Ahhhah! Thats what they are! I went to the food shop today with my three year old and he has a habit of picking up various fruit and veg and sniffing them. He picked up a handfull of these today and I had no idea what they were- now I know. Cant say I really fancy them though! Your blog made me smile!

Almost American said...

Yes, Addy, I think the name comes from the shape of the ferns as they begin to grow.

The way things have been going this week, if I bought a fiddlehead pizza, the kids would refuse to eat it - "Ooh, yucky, green stuff!"

I think both kids are completely oblivious of the British elections.

diney said...

thought you were kidding until I read the other comments - they are really called fiddleheads?!

Almost American said...

Yes Diney, they really are called fiddleheads!

Nappy Valley Housewife said...

Oh I know, they are the funniest looking vegetables, aren't they? I must admit I never tried them, even though I love all vegetables. It was always the question of what you could possibly do with them and now that I'm in London there is no opportunity. Still love the name though.

Anonymous said...

Next spring, pick out a handful from the grocery store (they're still quite good), steam them well. A quick saute won't do it. Eat them when the bright green turns dull like canned green beans. Eat with butter, salt, pepper and cider vinegar. Flavor somewhere between asparagus and baby spinach. Unique texture a bit like scallops.

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