If you’re not perplexed by the featured image associated with this article then you’re already ahead of the curve.  Many of you, especially those of you living in North America have probably encountered Fiddlehead ferns on your journeys, whether on an early spring hike or in your own backyard, fiddleheads get around.  What you probably didn’t know about them is that you can eat them and they taste something like a hairy asparagus.  And more than that, they’re extremely healthy.

Fiddleheads contain as many if not more antioxidants than blueberries and are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, are low in sodium, and contain vitamins A and C, niacin, potassium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium.

You can find fiddlehead fern crowns in most markets but we encourage you to go exploring and pick them yourself.  If thats not a viable option you can grow them in your own backyard (they can typically be found in the perennial section of your local nursery).  Moisture is essential in growing ferns and as such they are easiest to find in shaded spaces near riverbeds but are otherwise very common along the forest floor along the west coast.  The recommended variety is the Ostrich Fern and most websites regarding the fern suggest not to eat it raw and that cooking it will nullify any harmful acids and bacterias both naturally occurring and those picked up off the forest floor.  Also to peel off the bitter red papery coating before steaming or cooking.  Happy Fiddlehead hunting!  If you cook any, send us your photos via Facebook!!

 

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