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How to prepare fiddleheads and how to cook fiddleheads

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Common Names: Fiddlehead, Ostrich Fern
Genus: Matteuccia struthiopteris
In Season: Early Spring
Buying: The heads should be compact, well coiled and green with no yellowing and only 2.5-5cm/1-2 inches of stem beyond the coil.
Storing: In the refrigerator for up to 7 days
Serving Allowance: 8 - 10 per person

General - Preparing Fiddleheads


Carefully brush out and remove the brown scales then wash well in cold water and dry on kitchen paper. Fiddleheads must be cooked before being eaten.


Optional Preparations/Cuts  (see Main Vegetable Preparation Page for  explanations and photos)


Baton Brunoise Chunk Cube Dice/chop Grate Julienne
x x x x x x x
Matchsticks Mashed Paysanne Puréed Shred Slice Sulfrino
x x x x x x x




Cooking times and suitable methods for cooking Fiddleheads







8-10  minutes


y Stir-fry or sauté  for 5 - 7 minutes


y  2 - 4 minutes


y 15-20  minutes



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