Monday, May 25, 2009
Fiddleheads and other good eats
I just came home from a weekend visiting a dear friend in the Berkshires. Rebecca moved to the Berkshires around the same time I moved back to NY from San Francisco. She also went to Oberlin College with me, where she was an ice cream maker in the coops. These days she is the production manager at SoCo Creamery, a great little ice cream factory with a few shops in Berkshire County. Getting together with Rebecca always means good eats and, on this visit, she treated me to my first time eating Fiddlehead ferns.
I had never eaten them before, only seen and heard of them. For you aspriring foragers out there, these are good ones!
They taste kind of like slightly more bitter and crunchier asparagus, and look like little sprialy caterpillars, or something!
We just roasted them in a pan with a quick drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper, then squeezed on some lemon juice.
They make a great side dish or appetizer, as you can pop 'em in your mouth like popcorn while you wait for your salmon to finish cooking on the grill (that's what we did).
I encourage you all to find your own this summer (or buy them), and have a good roast or sautee!