I am enjoying all of your green edible comments on this post. I see I'm not alone in my love of spring green! I also realize that I have a lot more green edibles to try! Thank you for sharing.
They say it takes children 10-12 times of trying a new food before a child will accept it. (I wonder if that applies to ice cream?). And that's if a caring and persuasive person is there to encourage a child to try a food more than once.
Even adults can be reticent of trying new foods. I am fairly adventurous with food, but I must admit I was pretty leery of this one. Living along the Oregon Coast, I heard about Fiddlehead Ferns. They simultaneously scared and intrigued me. They look like something that might have spawned from one of those Alien movies. I half expect them to start wriggling out of my hand, like a green caterpillar. Nonetheless, I realized that their short season was coming to a close all too soon and if I was to try them this year, now was my chance. So I did.
Since I wasn't sure what I would think of them, I only bought a few. Locally, they were $12.99 a pound. Ouch.
I read various preparation instructions and I also read a little bit about levels of toxicity (??!). All in all, they seemed safe and I was curious about their taste. So, I boiled them for exactly four minutes, trimmed them, and sauteed them in olive oil. (I realize now that I should have trimmed some of them a bit more---they should be tight spirals). After sauteing, I sprinkled them with a little lemon juice.
The verdict? Good. They tasted a little like asparagus, but I agree with a comment I previously read about them: they taste like spring. Another spring green edible.
Remember to enter the Edible Green Tea Giveaway on this post. It's your chance to win some organic powdered green tea (80 cups), a tea tin, a cute little bamboo whisk, and a little spoon. The drawing is on Friday!