The Great Veggie Experiment: Fiddleheads!

This was a totally new veggie to me.  Funny how I was just reading about them online about how they are in season, and what do I see at the farmer’s market yesterday?  Fiddleheads!


I decided to try some, although the appearance seemed a bit like coiled worms to me, so there was a bit of apprehension.

Fiddleheads are grown mostly in the northeast, and are the unfurled frond tips of the ostrich fern, so obviously have a very short season.

Took them home and washed off the brown papery coating.


Cooked them thusly:

4 ounces of fiddleheads

1 tsp coconut oil

3 tablespoons minced onions

1 slice canadian bacon, chopped.

Steam the fiddleheads in a mesh steamer for 5 minutes.

In the meantime, saute the onions in the coconut oil and then add the bacon.  When the fiddleheads are done, add them to the saute pan and cook for another 4-5 minutes.


They were actually pretty good, although anything with bacon in some form is going to be pretty tasty to me 😀

They were very reminiscent of asparagus, but much milder in flavor and pretty tender.  They were fun, and I would get them again, although keeping the price in mind.

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10 thoughts on “The Great Veggie Experiment: Fiddleheads!

  1. Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit

    This brings back bad memories; in grade school, all the kids called me “Fiddlehead.” Now I’ve got to call my therapist…

  2. Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit

    This brings back bad memories; in grade school, all the kids called me “Fiddlehead.” Now I’ve got to call my therapist…

  3. Ron

    They look intersting, I would give them a try, but I have not seen any here in central Illinois

  4. Shelley

    You are a brave woman, Lori…I would not have had the nerve to try them! But I suspect you are correct – anything with bacon is gonna taste good!

  5. me

    Ohh, fiddleheads! They aren’t ready here quite yet and I am so looking forward to them. My Gramma used to cook up a batch for me every spring – just steamed them with a pat of butter and salt and pepper. I loved them! Oh, and when the asparagus was ready…I was in veggie heaven to say the least.

    The only veggie I could never really enjoy was something called a kholrabi. I like radish…I like turnip…but there is no way the two should have been stuck together. Just ain’t right somehow.

  6. Fat[free]Me

    These are new to me too – they definitely look like ferns.

    Congratulations on your bravery!

  7. Katie J

    How cool is that! Fiddleheads! I have never heard of them but I love asparagus so I imagine I would like them. I am with you about the bacon 😀 Thanks for sharing!

  8. Khris

    hmmm….very interesting..never heard of them…and with the looks of them I dont know if I would have been game to try them..LOL
    Thanks for showing me something new…hugs Khris

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