I have been reading Foodist, by Darya Pino Rose, Ph.D. I recommend reading it if you are interested in nutrition, diets and food. This is such a great read. Darya explains why eating real food, being mindful of the food you eat and enjoying what you eat is so important to being healthy. Darya encourages trying new vegetables. I wanted to try something new this week and share my process of the experience.
When I was at the grocery store I saw fiddleheads for sale. I remember being told that fiddleheads taste like asparagus but were only available for a short window of time in the spring. When you think about it, asparagus is a spring vegetable. Our grocery stores just import it from other countries out of season (sometimes they buy it from other countries when ours is in season too). Due to availability and cost we never tried fiddleheads growing up so I never have seen them prepared.
I carry my iPhone everywhere with me and use it to look up recipes or products in the store. So when I considering buying these I first wanted to do some in store iPhone research. These were some of the points that I noticed.
- Fiddleheads must be thoroughly cooked because they can contain food born illness. Fiddleheads must be cooked either boiled for 15 minutes or steamed for 10-12 minutes. If you want to pan fry them make sure you cook them first in one of the above methods. They should never be eaten raw. For more information please read Health Canada’s page.
- Fiddleheads go with the same flavours as asparagus. So a simple lemon juice, lemon zest and olive oil combo works well. This is a plus. I wanted to be able to taste this since it was my first time eating them so I would prefer a simple and plain recipe.
When trying something new it pays to research. I wouldn’t of known about the safety issues without looking fiddleheads up on google because they weren’t on the packaging. You can also find out valueable information about how to purchase the freshest produce, how to store it and how long you have before it should be eaten.
Here’s an interesting video on Youtube about how to harvest your own fiddleheads.
- Fiddleheads -
- Olive Oil - Drizzle
- Lemon Juice - Half, Fresh Squeezed
- Lemon Zest - 1 tsp
- Salt - To Taste
- Black Pepper - Fresh Cracked, To Taste
- Pick over the fiddleheads. Trim off the brown ends and any brown paper.
- Rinse thoroughly in a colander.
- Bring water to boil in a pot that can accommodate the fiddleheads.
- Drop the fiddleheads in and boil for 15 minutes.
- Drain the water. Add the rest of the ingredients and serve.