A while ago I was at San Francisco’s Ferry Building on a Saturday morning, when the place just explodes into the Bay Area’s most fantastic farmer’s market. And so I bought…stuff. Berries and Chinese broccoli and hot sauces and things I knew. But the fun part of a market like this is the produce you don’t know. So I bought a little punnet of fiddleheads–fern shoots. Aren’t these just the cutest thing in the world?
The seller told me that, being Western fiddleheads, they needed two trips through the blanching pan, so I did that, and then sautéd them in some butter. They taste vaguely artichoke-ish, and they’re firmer than I expected. Whenever I cook something new I make it very basic, so I taste what it is rather than the flavorings. Next time I might use garlic, and a flavored oil.
Have you tried fiddleheads? Any other odd veggies you love?