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Fiddlehead Fern

Definition: Fiddlehead Fern

Fiddlehead Fern
Also known as the ostrich fern, this Spring vegetable, when coiled, resembles the head of a fiddle. It's dark green in color and about two inches wide in diameter. A good source of vitamins A and C, these ferns are best consumed cooked; in their raw state, they are too bitter. The flavor is somewhere between an artichoke, asparagus, and green bean.

Fiddlehead ferns are in season from April to July and should be kept wrapped in plastic in the fridge.


Valou1 Valou1 8 years
Never heard of those before and I cook constantly...I will try them maybe...
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
I've seen this before but I've never known how to cook it.
vtkitkat vtkitkat 8 years
They are very popular here in the spring. They can be cooked similar to asparagus. I usually sauté them in butter with a touch of lemon juice. Yum!
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
You've got to give them a try amieeb! They are yummy!
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 8 years
I've never heard of this vegetable, maybe my local Whole Foods has it but I've never noticed it. Party, could you grill this veg. with some evoo and then top with shaved parmesan cheese?
lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 8 years
i use to see them at work, in a grocery store. i would see people eat them raw. thought thats what your suppose to do. lol
vunder vunder 8 years
I remember being served these as a kid (I think they had a bit of vogue in the late 70s or early 80s) and being absolutely revolted by them, even though I was never a veggie hater. I'd be curious what I'd think now, though many of my childhood vegetable dislikes have stood the test of time.
Food Food 8 years
I tried these for the first time years ago while in a rainforest in Taiwan. It wasn't until years later that I learned what they were!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
What a nifty looking vegetable. That pit about them being poisonous scares me a little though.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I've seen these at the farmer's market before, but I've never tried them. I've heard that not only are they bitter if you don't cook them; they're actually poisonous. I might have to try them next time I see them for sale at the farmer's market.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
Hmm, never heard of this one before. But I'd try it if presented to me.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
They kind of creep me out, is that odd?!
jessr1214 jessr1214 8 years
this is so crazy!! I went out to eat on saturday and one of the specials was a steak with roasted potatoes and fiddlehead ferns, i was soo excited because i have always wanted to try them! I thought they were good, not much flavor (hard to tell with the red wine sauce they were in) and a really fun crunchy texture.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Ooh, I've heard of these before.. I want to try! Good question, ilanac. I'm curious as to what they would pair well with too..
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
huh - i've NEVER heard of this one before. aside from cooking them, do you have suggestions on foods that compliment them?
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