Wicked Excited Maine Guy Takes Us To Secret Pro Fiddlehead Spot
Get the water boilin' on the stove. It's time to add some fiddleheads to the dinner table. It's a springtime tradition that many Mainers look forward to every year. For me, the little unfurled ostrich fern tops are a delectable dish, I can't get enough of. They kinda remind me of a cross between spinach and asparagus (minus the smelly pee after you eat 'em).
My son and his fiance went fiddleheadin' just last week at our secret spot. We've got several ziploc bags full in the fridge and they are a deep gorgeous green. The good news is, if we don't think we can eat 'em all now while they're still fresh, fiddleheads keep well in the freezer too.
Yup, Nana taught me when I was just a kid. Clean off that brown husk on the tops you've brought home. Give 'em a wicked good rinse in the sink, through 'em in a pot and boil 'em for about 15 minutes and they are ready to eat. I just butter 'em up and chow down.
To some, the the idea of eating a fern sounds wicked gross. To others, they are a Maine delicacy. Pickled, fried, in a soup, whatevah.
We are really lovin' all the wicked killah Maine adventure videos our friend Jeremy Grant from the Belfast area has been making over the past couple years. He takes us to cool places and events around the state that we otherwise might not even know about.
This one one spotlights a father and son DIY team that have been harvesting fiddleheads for a very long time together. Jeremy is also the very excited host of each fascinating episode. We love his superhero landing as he makes his entrance.
Ever wondered how to pick fiddleheads like a pro? Well, meet John Gibbs and his father Daryl. They'll take us foraging and then after they clean 'em up, we can see how the various dishes turn out at a local restaurant.
Farm to table in action...wicked cool, bub!
Jeremy Grant's got a real knack for consistently creating high-quality, entertaining stuff that is uniquely, Maine.
He really should have his own TV show. Luckily since doesn't yet, we can follow him on Facebook and Instagram.
Here's a recipe from the Journey on the back roads of Maine Facebook page.It's similar to the way my wife Sherry makes our favorite fiddlehead meal...fiddlehead soup.