Friday, May 6, 2011

Damp rain and fiddleheads

Lady ferns muscle up out of the ground.  It's amazing picking and eating these fiddleheads.  You can feel the power in them.  Unlike the sword ferns, the lady fern dies back every winter so it's always a mystery where they will come up again.  But in the spring, during April, the ground starts heaving in little mounds and the croziers force their way through the rain compacted topsoil and unfurl their fronds.

Here's some more information on lady ferns, and a recipe.  I've been eating them with pasta, risotto or on a curry plate for a couple of weeks now.