Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Speaking of edible plants

Food Network has a great question of the week.
What are fiddleleaf ferns?

The answer: Fiddlehead ferns are tightly coiled fern frond that resembles the spiral end of a violin (fiddle). They have a rich, deep green color and are about 2 inches long and 1 1/2 inches in diameter. They have a flavor akin to an asparagus-green bean-okra cross and a texture that's appealingly chewy. Fiddlehead ferns are a good source of vitamins A and C. Enjoy Emeril's New Orleans-inspired dish of Fresh Fiddleleaf Ferns, Crawfish and White Bean Ragout.

The picture of fiddleleaf ferns taken by Rich Frenkel.

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