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Old May 6, 2013, 1:37 am   #1
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Fern fiddleheads.

Here are a couple of evergreen ferns which are growing new fiddleheads in Berrien Co.
Christmas Fern and Marginal Woodfern.
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Old May 6, 2013, 8:59 pm   #2
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Re: Fern fiddleheads.

the ostrich ferns are starting around here... these are the edible fiddle heads. blanch in water, drain, then sautee them. this will be my first try of them, as i am positive these are the one that should be eaten. no other fiddle head should be eaten other than ostrich fern. note that they only have a papery husk, no white or brown hairs on them at all. they should be smooth and green with a v shape if you unfurl them. the other plant is obviously leeks

apparently health canada advises against eating them because they have a carcinogen but many people eat them and have for a long time. they can also result in a thiaminise which breaks down thiamine which can cause deficiency. they also advise against eating the wild ginger as well because of carcinogenic aristolochic acid... which the FDA advises not to consume...

but the FDA's advice is questionable in my opinion, they allow all kinds of crazy s#!t to happen with our food. They approve lots of things that have been proven to be horrible for humans to be consumed... like GMOs, artificial food dyes, MSG (you know that bag of Doritos you cant help but devour?), artifical hormones being fed to our livestock, you name it they approve it... so why should I not eat the wild ginger, and fiddleheads (in moderation) when people have been doing so for a very long time? wild man steve brill has both of these on his foraging site... he notes how often he uses the wild ginger. I would almost bet that these two plants are more healthful than not. but i could be wrong!
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Old May 6, 2013, 11:09 pm   #3
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Re: Fern fiddleheads.

just ate my first fiddleheads. boiled them in two changes of water for about 2 min each time. then lightly sauteed them in butter for a few min and seasoned with salt and pepper when i thought they were done. really... not much taste to them at all... almost tastes like a green bean but not a flavorburst like green bean, just slightly there. i would eat them again
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Old May 7, 2013, 6:39 am   #4
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Re: Fern fiddleheads.

I've ate them boiled, sauteed and raw. Raw is my favorite, but in moderation or you'll gas the room. LOL Taste kind of like aspargas to me. Good anyway.
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Old May 7, 2013, 12:26 pm   #5
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frank, i thought they tasted more like green beans and nothing like asparagus... i didnt get that correlation at all, but could depend on where you're picking them. I know ramps from different areas have different amounts of spice or sweetness to them.
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Old May 22, 2013, 8:55 pm   #6
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Re: Fern fiddleheads.

ok i think these are the right ones, plan on trying them tonight. let me know if i'm going to die. they look right to me lol.
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Old May 23, 2013, 2:26 am   #7
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Re: Fern fiddleheads.

Appears to be the Ostrich Fern to me too. Some closer up pics of the small rolled up ones would help. But from looking at the larger ones, single stem and single frond, plus the paper on the small head are good indicators. Especially one frond per stem.

And whether they taste like asparagus or green beans, depends on our taste buds. We all taste things differently.
However they taste to you, they are very good! Enjoy them.
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Old May 31, 2013, 7:14 pm   #8
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Re: Fern fiddleheads.

I don't remember how I did them being a lazy cook.... Blanched then fried. Yum. Like very good asparagus.
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