Maine Facts: Fiddle-dee-dee

by goatlove

Spring!  Time to clean out the barn, till the garden, and hunt for FIDDLEHEADS!

These curlicue coils are the edible part of the Ostrich fern.  Tell them apart from other ferns by looking up their fern skirts: the inside of their stem has a deep u-shape.  Fiddleheads are delicately wrapped within a thin, brown, papery coating.  They favor banks of rivers and streams.

I hope I get to try them!  I’ve heard rave reviews and I get the sense that it’s a quintessential far-northeastern thing to try.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension provides more fiddlehead facts and a few tasty looking recipes here: http://www.umext.maine.edu/onlinepubs/htmpubs/4198.htm

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