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Re: Leek season..

Like mushrooms (only not quite so bad maybe) make sure you have edible ones!

"Fiddleheads are the young coiled fronds of an ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) ... While the fronds of all ferns go through the fiddlehead stage of development, ostrich fern fiddleheads are one of the few that are tasty and safe to eat (many others are mildly or not so mildly toxic, and unfurled fronds of all ferns are inedible). Fortunately, ostrich fern grows just about anywhere northern... in the woods and swamps - and in most gardens if their owners are into ferns at all."  http://www.offthebone.net/?p=40

Site with some recipes: http://www.umext.maine.edu/onlinepubs/htmpubs/4198.htm

And also: "The trick to enjoying fiddleheads is to clean them properly. If you don't get the brown crepe like covering off the fern they will be so bitter as to be inedible."

Enjoy! Our church used to serve them in a vinegar-y salad at the spring church dinners.  Haven't had any since I moved from New England but I sure looked forward to them each year.

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