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Old Apr 4, 2006, 6:34 pm   #1
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Old Apr 8, 2010, 7:43 pm   #2
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Re: Fiddleheads

The Ostrich fern fiddleheads (good) are easy to confuse with the Common Bracken fern (not good) to a novice.

So make sure you know the differences before picking on your own. Otherwise you may spend the next day hunting paper in the john, rather then than hunting morels in the woods.

Look for them in very moist low lying areas.
Collect only the small and tightly coiled heads about 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches diameter. Most will still have the furry husk still on them.
You need to remove the husk, or chaff completely or you won't enjoy them much.
Cleaning them can be a pain. Wash with water, use sink sprayer may help. But you'll still end up getting most of it off by hand.
Cut any stem longer than 1 inch.


I prefer them raw in small amounts. Very fresh taste in a salad.

Cook Fiddleheads like you do asparagus. Fiddleheads are little stringier tho.

Sauteed Method.
Lightly season with salt and pepper, sautee in butter for a minute or two and they still have a little crunch to 'em.

Boiling.
Boil water some salted water and add the fiddleheads. Cook for about 3 minutes. Taste one after 3 minutes. They should be firm but without any crunch. Remove when they are done and drain.

Fiddleheads have a lot of iron in them and will darken the water. Don't worry about it.
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Old Apr 8, 2010, 7:58 pm   #3
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Hope this help you out Sanilacshroomer and quigsby.

Sorry it took so long but I had to go back 4 years to find a picture.
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Old Apr 8, 2010, 10:00 pm   #4
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Re: Fiddleheads

Thanks a lot frank, sounds like more of a pain in the a## than I care to deal with. I was concerned about the proper type of fern and will look for the right one when morel hunting this year. Thanks again
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Old Apr 9, 2010, 11:47 am   #5
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Thanks Ill keep my eyes open.
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