Tuesday, 18 May 2021

FIDDLEHEADS ..........






For the uninitiated { of which, there are probably none } , Fiddleheads are the furled fronds of a new fern. Left on the plant, each fiddlehead will unroll into a new frond but, many people harvest them before they unfurl and eat them as a vegetable. I have yet to do this and wondered if any of you out there have eaten them ? Fiddleheads are antioxidant and are a source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and are high in iron and fibre. They are called fiddleheads as they resemble the end of a stringed instrument. The taste of fiddleheads is unique and has been described as grassy and spring-like with a hint of nuttiness, or as a cross between asparagus and young spinach ..... some say it has a flavour similar to an artichoke, maybe with a whiff of mushroom ! Sounds really delicious but, I have yet to find out ! Can anyone tell me if they have eaten them and can you eat any fern fiddleheads ? 



In other news from my boring, Covid-limited life, I did stop drinking for a while. I often do that ..... don't know why but I do. I have started again and am going through a bottle of Sauvignon Gris that my brother-in-law bought us when they visited last. It is very nice .... delicious, in fact. I am in no way a wine connoisseur but, apparently, not much Sauvignon Gris grape is planted ..... out of all the white grapes used for the production of Bordeaux wine, only 2%are devoted to Sauvignon Gris. I would think it would go rather well with a plateful of Fiddleheads ! 



Our son and his family have just got a new kitten. They were going to get a dog but they seem to be thin on the ground at the moment so they will get one later. The kitten is a British Shorthair who has been named Cloudy by our grandchildren ! He will eventually grow to be like a big cuddly bear .....






That's all for now ..... I shall be back soon { ish } with more excitement { !!! } from my fun-filled life ! 

XXXX











photographs 1-4: via me, photographs 5 & 6: via Google. 


Jackie

23 comments:

  1. Those fiddleheads do look a little animalistic, furred up as they are. Are you supposed to eat them fuzz and all? It seems rather like the choke in artichoke. Meanwhile, no questions about what to do with furry Cloudy - lavish love and attention only and reap the health benefits!! What a gorgeous cat to have in the family! xx

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    1. They have never tempted me Pip..... I'm not sure if it's specific ferns that you eat either ! Cloudy is so cute ...... our grandchildren love him and won't leave him alone { even when he's sitting on his litter tray !!! } XXXX

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  2. A few years back I became interested in fiddleheads (I think I even wrote about them), but never actually tasted one. I was concerned about if all varieties were edible, but I can't remember ever being given an answer. Maybe I should just eat some and see! There's no shortage here.

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    1. When you read about them, they look and sound delicious but, like you, I'm not sure which ones are edible ! There are plenty of other veg that I like so I think I might give them a miss !!! XXXX

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    2. It's Asparagus season, so best we stick with that!

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  3. I can't say that I have ever been tempted by fiddleheads. Please let us know if you try them. You may need another bottle of Sauvignon Gris!

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    1. I actually AM tempted but don't think I'll try them just in case, like mushrooms, some are poisonous !!!! But, you'll be pleased to know, that doesn't mean I won't be opening another bottle of Sauvignon Gris !!!! 🤣😂🤣 XXXX

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  4. We had two British Blues like the ones you picture here. They were brothers. Nice cats and pleasing to look at but apart from that I don't recall them doing much. I am not sure why you are writing about Fiddleheads, an odd choice of things. I believe they are very poisonous and best avoided as the poison is not destroyed in cooking. I would stick to nettles if I were you. xx

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    1. I shall tell you why I am writing about Fiddleheads. When this time of year comes around, I love to see the tight fronds unfurling and it always reminds me of an article that I read about the cooking and eating of fiddleheads. They are eaten mostly in Canada and its the Ostrich/shuttlecock fern fronds that are eaten. If stored, prepared and cooked correctly, they are not poisonous but, many Canadians do get food poisoning from them because they don't store, prepare and cook them correctly. I guess the dangers are similar to picking mushrooms and eating the wrong ones. I'm not sure if talking about fiddleheads is odd any more than talking about hard boiled eggs !!!
      Our son and daughter-in-law got the British Shorthair because they thought they were hypoallergenic { as my daughter-in-law has relatives that are allergic } but, they aren't !!! They are short haired so , hopefully, it will help ! XXXX

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    2. I think hard boiled eggs are a little bit more everyday than fiddleheads! I don't think I would risk the fiddleheads x

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  5. I don't think I could bring myself to eat them, but I suppose it is no worse than eating asparagus, apart from the fact that asparagus is cultivated. I did go through a year or two of picking and eating 'Bath Asparagus' (brought here by the Romans) until I discovered it is a protected species. It is delicious.

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    1. I'm not sure if I would eat them but don't know why. We eat many vegetables so why not try another ? I guess it's going into the unknown and that we stick to what we know. After all, someone was first to eat asparagus, sorrel, watercress, artichokes and everything else we eat. The Germans love white asparagus don't they but I prefer the green. I would love to try some Bath asparagus. Wild strawberries are delicious too. I love food !!! XXXX

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  6. Ferns grow naturally on my property and provide large swaths of gently swaying green fronds. I've never considered eating fiddleheads but I do like green asparagus steamed and served with lemon juice and butter. As you say, a nice glass of wine is always enjoyed. Cloudy is adorable and your grandchildren are enamored with their new family member. This very sweet kitty is much loved.

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    1. Our garden is north-facing Susan so we grow lots of ferns and hostas. I love them but I’m not too sure about eating them ! I also love asparagus and most other vegetables ….. in fact food in general ! Our grandchildren love Cloudy so much and, I think a puppy will be next ! XXXX

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  7. NEVER EATEN THEM BUT YOU WRITE ABOUT THEM EVERY YEAR I THINK?!!
    GIVE THEM A TRY.............XX

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    1. Do I Elizabeth ? Old age is creeping up on me as I don’t remember 🤣😂🤣. I think I might stick to other vegetables ! XXXx

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  8. I love fiddle heads cooked in butter!! When I visited my Mother in Nova Scotia one could buy them fresh in the grocery store or buy them frozen from New Brunswick. They are a very springlike taste ... one of those one enjoys as the first taste of the new season... Asparagus does the same thing for me not that they taste anything like each other!!

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    1. Oh Bettina …. It’s so good to hear from someone who has eaten them and, they sound delicious. I don’t think we can get them here in the U.K. and I don’t think it’s a good idea to just eat any from my garden so I’ll stick to asparagus I think 🤣 XXXX

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    2. No I agree... several fern varieties look the same so I never went out hunting for them. Felt safe buying them in the grocery store !!

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  9. I also did stop drinking ...why? I don’t know....but what I know is that the rosé who is in my freezer must drink once...I wait till summer and hope it will taste good ...I had it from my birthday previous year ....after lunch...I will go to a garden centre...on my one...I hope I enjoy it ...it is raining a lot these days no spring yet...love from me take care ...🍀💕🍀love the kitten by the way 🐾🍀love Ria 💋

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  10. No fiddle head eating from me,
    I have heard quite the delicacy.
    My once “fiddle heads” are flowing with the wind.
    I love them in our gardens and surroundings!

    I have put a halt on the drinking once in awhile,
    not difficult for me to do, I really don’t drink much anyway.
    I would have a more difficult time giving up chocolate!

    Love the kitty and cat, but I am a dog person.
    I open the door thinking about another dog
    and close the door fast, not ready, not again I am sure.
    Miss the touch and all the quirks and fun, very much.

    Always good to hear from you Jackie . . .

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