I grew up in rural Connecticut where the floor of the lush woods is covered with healthful vegetation untouched by chemicals or pesticides. My parents planted garden both floral and vegetable in the very fertile soil; if you plant it-it will grow. My father would go hunting and fishing with the neighborhood fellow and would bring back interesting and new things for us to try. One time he actually brought back a squirrel, for some reason that's not nearly as odd as, my mother actually cooked it up for dinner.
No worries this post is not about wild woodland creatures big or small. It's about Fiddlehead ferns my dad would bring home every now and again. They must have been good if I'm making them all these decades later.
A Fiddle-head is the little curlicue sprout before it blossoms into a fancy fern frond. Fiddleheads taste like asparagus and have a crisp crunch to them and are a vibrant green. They are full of antioxidants too. Check out Nutrition Facts for Fiddleheads.
@wegmans the moderator for Wegman's Food Markets. I requested that fiddleheads be delivered to the produce department of the store in my town. Spring is the peak season for these so time was of the essence. In a matter of a couple of weeks they were able to get a good amount in stock for me. Thanks @wegmans and Mark, the Produce Manager!
First we have to clean and blanch these fiddleheads. Cleaning and precooking fiddleheads is a crucial step because they could contain microbes. Oh stop it! There's no need to feel squeamish! This is food the way it was meant to be fresh from mother earth.
With a paring knife remove the stem end of each fiddlehead then rinse them in a colander under cold water.
1 lb Fiddleheads
1C Cherry Tomatoes, halved
1 small Red Onion, sliced
1/2 C Kalamata Olives, pitted and halved
1/4 C Feta Cheese
1/4 C Olive Oil
2 T Fresh Lemon Juice
1T Dijon Mustard
1 cloves garlic. minced
1/2 t kosher salt
1/2 t dried oregano
ground black pepper to taste
See don't they look better now?!? I told you not to worry.....
Meanwhile combine Olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, salt, oregano and pepper in a large screw top container or shaker with tight lid. Shake to mix.
In a mixing bowl place tomatoes, olives, onions, half of the feta cheese, Greek dressing and fiddleheads. Mix to combine. Place mixed salad into serving dish and top garnish with remaining feta cheese. Enjoy!
I hope you try this. Fiddleheads are very tasty and healthful!