After all the rain we had on Thursday and a cloudy day
yesterday, we woke to another wet morning. Then,
the sun broke through. I love the contrast of the dark
clouds, wet road, green grass and sunlight don't you?
I zoomed in on this view through the window so it isn't very clear but I love the new
leaves and blossoms on the trees.
A farmer has plowed the field behind us for a new crop.
The neighbour's vegetable garden in the foreground has yet to be plowed.
I think it's too wet!
Fiddleheads are a local delicacy in the Maritimes, Quebec
and Ontario. The native peoples taught the white settlers
how to pick these wild greens in the early spring, after the
spring run off and flooding, along the rivers and streams.
When left uncut, they will grow into tall ferns along the
river banks and streams.
Fiddleheads are picked by hand and sold in some grocery
stores for up to $4.99 a pound. Quite dear this year.
They are also sold out of the back of trucks and trunks
at busy intersections along the roads leading into the city.
Everyone know where they can purchase their fiddleheads!
In one spot on Tuesday they were $4.00 a pound so I
declined and when we got nearer home I bought some
for $3.00 a pound!
You can see why they got their name.
Fiddleheads must be washed thoroughly and
rinsed several times. Remove the stems and any black
or brown residue.
Boil in water for at least 10 - 12 minutes to kill any bacteria.
(they do grow along rivers!)
You can add butter and salt and pepper or vinegar to
suit your taste.
Fiddleheads can be frozen if blanched first.
Use as a vegetable with any meat or salmon.
Have you ever eaten fiddleheads?
Are they common in your area?
I'd like to know.
Enjoy the day!