For The Love Of Foraging: Fiddlehead Ferns
I love to forage.
There is just something about getting out in a forest or field, and just completely losing yourself in finding tidbits of edible natural goodness.
Nature is kind enough to provide tender greenery a bit earlier in the springtime than most gardens can begin to produce much.
These little fuzzy little fiddlehead ferns are a super easy and delicious place to start if you are a beginner at foraging. They are almost impossible to mistake for any other plant, and are fairly common across most of the world.
Fiddlehead ferns are fairly self explanatory. They are simply ferns that haven’t opened up yet, and are curled up in the shape of a “fiddlehead”.
Just cut or snap them off at the ground, and collect in a basket or bag.
Rinse gently in some cold water before cooking.
They are somewhat similar to asparagus in taste, but not quite as strong. We love to cook them with a bit of bacon, sea salt, and a splash of balsamic vinegar! (The first time he had them, my husband was VERY skeptical about eating “caterpillars”, but he changed his mind, and went back for a second helping.)
Fiddlehead ferns are best when eaten within a day or so of gathering them, but they can also be frozen to keep a good while longer.
What is your favorite wild spring green?
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