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Fun with Fiddlehead Ferns

Looking for a new veggie to try this summer? Your search is over! Check out these swirly fiddlehead ferns. They are currently in season and are rising in popularity. You can find this green vegetable growing in eastern North American forests and are harvested from young fern plants throughout the spring. Taste and texture wise, they are similar to asparagus and broccoli. These curly veggies are very high in vitamin A, which is essential for good vision and maintaining a healthy immune system.

Cooking with fiddlehead ferns

  • Consuming raw and undercooked fiddlehead ferns could cause stomach discomfort. Be sure to cook this green veggie by boiling or steaming for 10-15 minutes before enjoying.
  • When choosing fiddleheads, look for ones that are firm and bright in color.
  • Tightly wrap fiddleheads before storing in the refrigerator. For a longer shelf life, blanch them and store in the freezer.
  • Use fiddlehead ferns in stir fries, omelets, salads, and soups. Sautee, roast, steam, or boil – there are many ways to make fiddleheads the star of any dish.

These fascinating veggies are fun to look at and delicious to eat! Find them at local farmers markets, in the grocery store and perhaps even in your CulinArt cafe!

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  • June 4, 2018

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