Sunday, April 13, 2008


Last night was Allan's birthday dinner. Roasted duck, au gratin potatoes and fiddlehead greens.

We tried to convince Ben to try the fiddleheads because it was food only famous people ate.

As my mother would have said, Fiddle-faddle.

He simply rolled his eyes.

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Blogger Christy said...

I have always thought those were beautiful, but I have never had the pleasure of eating any.

What do they taste like?

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Bil Browning said...

I had to go look up the fiddleheads to see what the heck they were! It says they taste like a cross between green beans/asparagus/broccoli. Do you agree?

It also says they're an north east coast of North America treat - which explains why I hadn't heard of it.

I love veggies. I want some now. When's dinner? :)

12:56 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

more like bitter greens, bil. I don't get any of those flavors you mentioned. maybe if it were broccoli rabe.

it's very tender, has a great crunch to it. it's early ferns, really, and they are best sauteed with something on the sweet side- Walter used shallots and vidalia onions. if they sit on the shelf for too long they will get very bitter and wilted.

3:39 PM  
Blogger Lula de Montes said...

Do these come year-round or are they a spring delicacy?

4:41 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

there isn't enough of a market for them to force grow them any other time of the year, so yes, they are seasonal.

early spring.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Sue J said...

I've never eaten them, but we have ferns in our garden and one of my favorite rites of spring is when the fiddleheads appear. But I have no idea what variety our ferns are, or what variety you cook. Is this a Whole Foods thing?

6:49 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I don't know either. When we were living in Upstate new york and had Honeoye Creek running behind our house, we had the "right" kind all along the banks. I didn't know that, Walter did.

But it take soooo many...

I do go to whole foods for these. I bet Wegmans has them, too.

8:39 PM  
Blogger Lula de Montes said...

Thanks, Sara. I guess that means I'll have to wait then. We're travelling to the US in August :-( *fanning myself in anticipation of the dead heat* Give me Iceland any day.

2:49 AM  
Anonymous donald said...

the fiddleheads were delicious and the company superb the other night! good to see everyone!

we have fiddleheads growing all over the place here in maine, but not all fern fiddleheads are edible. i would make sure before i cut them in the wild and ate them.
but, what a great spring delicacy! sure sign winter is over, even though there is still some snow on the ground.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Sue J said...

I kinda figured they weren't all edible. I can just see myself trying to serve up this elegant dish and making everyone ill! I think I'd better stick with the spinach and tomatoes from my garden!

6:21 PM  

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