Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fiddlehead Ferns

This is the time of year when fiddlehead ferns start popping up all over our land.  You can see where they get their name.
For a plant, they're marvelously cute this time of year. 

You can eat them (but need to cook them first, and peel off the crinkly stuff).  They are supposed to taste like asparagus.  Once they unfurl, they are inedible, so there is a narrow window of time for you to be whipping up crème de fiddlehead soup. 

I'm thinking about roasting some up for dinner one night.  I bet the boys will get a kick out of it!

19 comments:

Out on the prairie said...

I boiled them and felt it was better to eat asparagus, have a back up veggie.Fun to try new things.I have been eating a lot of walleye.

That critter in my last post is a ground squirrel that lives under my patio. It is well fed, I just got a sack of shell peanuts yesterday for the two of us.It fills its cheeks like a chipmunk.

Mildred said...

We had a lot of these in the woods at one of our previous homes. I think they are so pretty. I did not know you could eat them. Let us know if you and the boys have some for dinner!

SweetMarie said...

they remind me of snails. lol so cute and very interesting!

Sharon Wagner said...

I've never eaten them. But I do admire their spring beauty. Good post.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

They're pretty! I bet they would be fun to eat too if they stay furled after cooking. That's interesting that once they unfurl, they're not edible. Wonder what happens to them?

Sally said...

Yes! Cook some and let us know. :)

xoxo

Debby@Just Breathe said...

They are lovely. I had no idea you could eat them!

alissa apel said...

I've never seen them before. They are so neat! I love things in nature.

Sandra Morris said...

it always surprises me how many edible plants are growing right in our yard. I haven't tried many of them, but I think it is great to know what they are.

Vera said...

We have one or two ferns in our small woodland, but not enough to harvest. It is fascinating to try new food, especially plants which are growing 'wild'.

troutbirder said...

We've got them too but Ive never tried eating some.....maybe :)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

They are very beautiful.
We have ferns everywhere we look.. We would not know the difference of what kind to eat.
love
tweedles

PioneerPreppy said...

Hmmm roasted Fern soup. I would give it a try :)

Michael Manning said...

This is so new to me!

Linda said...

Beautiful image! I've never eaten them.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I didn't know they were edible!

Annette said...

We have these ferns too, but I didn't know their name, and I certainly didn't know they were edible... I'd be afraid I'd miss the window of opportunity to eat them.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

What fun! We're expecting snow tonight. On top of the crocus.

Tom said...

a wonderful sign of spring