It’s that time of year.

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The time of year Mainers go absolutely bat shit crazy over a tiny unfurled fern frond.

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The season is short and anxiously awaited. Foraging sites are secret and passed down from one generation to another.

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Cleaning methods are also hotly debated.

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Personally? I can’t stand the slimy little things… I don’t care how you cook them, they taste like swamp. But that’s okay, it just means there are more for you.

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30 thoughts on “It’s that time of year.”

      1. Between morels and fiddleheads? No comparison! Morels are rich and earthy, woodsy, slightly nutty. Fiddleheads taste like swamp ass.

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      1. … around these parts one may be fit as a fiddle, tighter than a fiddle, or be as useless as a fiddle stick. You can fiddle around, speak fiddle faddle, and have a horse that is fiddle strung.
        We have a few Cajuns, but they be weird folk … and have fiddle and squeeze box dances.
        But we don’t be eatin’ no fiddles … that I know of.

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    1. I’m dying to eat there…. but they’ve been closed due to Covid. I heard they’ll open this summer but the only way to get a reservation is to send a postcard with the reason you want to go. They get 29,000 a year and pick a few hundred.

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      1. I think you should hold a contest with your readers about who can come up with the most creative or outrageous reason why you should eat there. Then you should send that reason off on a outrageously “pick me, pick me!!!!” postcard that they can’t refuse. Go when fiddle fronds or whatever the hell they’re called are out of season! 🙂

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      2. You might be on to something there… but they chose the date and time. It’s a very limited menu so with my luck the entree would be kale and fiddlehead soufflé.

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  1. I’ve heard you can eat pretty much all parts of a day lily. And I just recently found out that the first shoots of hosta are edible and, supposedly delicious. I haven’t partaken of either of those, either. I’ll file them all away for if/when shtf and I have to go foraging.

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  2. I don’t recall ever having them—how did that happen!?!?–but if it is food I will eat it at least once!! The only food I have never repeated and don’t want to is oyster plant!!

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  3. I used to come across fiddleheads all the time when hiking in the PNW forests. Never thought to pick ’em and cook ’em, though. If I’d known they were that coveted I might have filled a backpack or two and tried to make an extra buck.

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