March Product Feature - Fiddleheads!
It may still be blustery and cold out east but here on the West Coast we’re starting to get the first signs of spring. And early spring is Fiddlehead season! This month’s featured product is a great ingredient for perking up the palate after winter’shearty meals.
Fiddleheads can be found in the wild starting in very early spring. They are the new growth of ferns found in the forest and if left unharvested they will unfurl into a mature fern frond. A very versatile ingredient, they are used across the globe in many dishes. In India you can find fiddleheads as a complement with cheese, or even pickled. In North America, they stand as a dish on their own served with a rich hollandaise sauce or they can complement the other vegetables that come back into season during the spring.
As with any wild product, proper cleaning, storage and preparation are required before fiddlehead consumption to prevent possible food poisoning. It is recommended that you give fiddleheads a good rinse with clean water before storing them in your fridge. When you’re ready to add them to your dish, the fiddleheads must be boiled for at least 15 mins or steamed for 10-12 mins prior to any additional cooking. This process will also help to temper the bitterness and bring out a lovelier flavour of the fiddleheads. For more information about the proper handling and preparation of fiddleheads visit the Government of Canada website for Healthy Canadians.
Until next time, happy cooking!