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    Default Fiddle heads?

    Are these fiddle heads?


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    Yes, That is what you have.

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    Thank you. I thought so just wasn't 100% sure. We used to get them a lot as a kid in New England. Gonna have to take a bucket out and get some.


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    How do you generally cook them.........???

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    Quote Originally Posted by AGL4now View Post
    How do you generally cook them.........???
    Pick off the dry parts- blanch in boiling water for a few minutes, then sauté in a little butter and garlic....delicious. I was gonna pick some a couple weeks ago, got busy and it slipped my mind....maybe I can still find some....
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    I usually only blanch them if I'm going to freeze them for later. It's always good to soak them a few times in very cold water to get the sand and dirt out depending on where you get them.


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    Good stuff! I was pretty little when I had them before but remember they were usually canned in mason jars. The ones I seen this last weekend were just popping out of the ground and there were plenty more just coming out. I'm sure there's plenty to be found.


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    We picked some this weekend and had them for dinner last night. They are our favorite spring time eats. We normally just sauté them in butter and garlic. Last night we sauté some and deep fried the rest. Both were excellent!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackson5 View Post
    Are these fiddle heads?


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    My wife is wondering if these are in the Chugiak area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChugiakTinkerer View Post
    My wife is wondering if these are in the Chugiak area.
    They're most everywhere, especially in mixed birch forests and up reasonably well drained slopes.

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    Sounds like a hike is in order. Thanks!

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    Anybody know if there are bad fiddle heads you shouldn't eat in Alaska? I collected a few today during lunch and gonna have them for dinner. After doing a little research I found there are good to eat and not good to eat fiddle heads. Now it's dinner time.... What to do?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackson5 View Post
    Anybody know if there are bad fiddle heads you shouldn't eat in Alaska? I collected a few today during lunch and gonna have them for dinner. After doing a little research I found there are good to eat and not good to eat fiddle heads. Now it's dinner time.... What to do?


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    Please post pics of your supper....if you don't report by morning, the rest of us'll know which ones to avoid....
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    Touché.


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    According to my vast experience (an hour or two of internet research) those are ostrich fern fiddleheads. The best ones by far. How did they taste?

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    They were something crossed between asparagus and spinach. Pretty good though. I just boiled them for about 7 minutes and then sauté in garlic and butter till tender.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackson5 View Post
    Anybody know if there are bad fiddle heads you shouldn't eat in Alaska? I collected a few today during lunch and gonna have them for dinner. After doing a little research I found there are good to eat and not good to eat fiddle heads. Now it's dinner time.... What to do?


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    Yeah, you just want to stick with the Ostrich fern. They are the ones pictured above. They grow in bunches that look like a ostrich tail.
    http://plants.alaska.gov/pdf/Fiddleheads.pdf
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    Anyone have a trick for cleaning the brown stuff off? Love them but always think there must be some trick to cleaning them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kandiyohi Kid View Post
    Anyone have a trick for cleaning the brown stuff off? Love them but always think there must be some trick to cleaning them?
    Try a sink full of warm water and a toothbrush....
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