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{June 1, 2010}   You Know you’re in the Country when.. Featuring Fiddleheads

Above from left to right (photo 1) A gathering of the final harvest, (photo 2) Fiddleheads in their natural habitat, (photo 3) Fiddleheads that have turned into ferns.. not edible.

My connection to the World Wide Web is back and does it ever feel good! I did enjoy my time in the country though. Today I thought I’d feature the Fiddlehead. This delicious green vegetable is not found in any typical garden and harvested much earlier then other vegetables.

Generally they are found during the month of May in slightly wet areas of the woods close to a brook, steam, or swamp. I went picking in Eastern Canada, however they can be found in Quebec, Ontario, Vermont, New Hampshire, Japan, China, Siberia, Belgium, and France.

Fiddleheads are a young fern still tightly curled up with a ridge along the inside of the stem. There are other ferns similar in size and shape that are not edible that can be found growing near by. So be careful if you choose to pick your own. The non-edible ones do not have the inner ridge and have white fuzz patches. You can find fiddleheads at your local famers market if you do not feel like trekking through the woods.

These delightful green bites of sweet goodness go great with a bit of butter and salt. They are a great source of Vitamins A and C, niacin, riboflavin and iron. New Brunswick is proud of this wild vegetable named after its shape. So proud, you can often find its symbol on tourism brochures and road signs.

So if you happen to find some in a supermarket near you, pick them up and try them. Simply boil them until they have reached your preferred tenderness and serve. I promise you will love them! To learn more click here

Clarabelle XOXO

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