Fiddle-dee - It's Fiddlehead Fern Season Again

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

Oh Fiddle-dee-dee, it's Fiddlehead Season Again in the Pacific Northwest 



Fiddleheads are the furled fronds of a young fern. Aptly named, the new growth is tightly wound in a curled spiral resembling the scroll on a violin's neck. You often see them emerge in our area in March or April in moist woodland forests. They're pretty elusive too, only available a few short weeks of the year.  We always love to see them appear. 


Apparently, they're also well-loved by those with adventurous palettes. These particular gourmands seek them out at Farmers Markets, or forage for them in prized Lady fern patches. Their taste is described as a cross between asparagus and an artichoke, with a hint of bitterness. A bit earthy too, similar to a mushroom. 


When eaten raw, some varieties can make you sick, therefore, Fiddlehead greens should always be boiled, steamed, sauteed, or roasted fully before consuming. While we're big fans of fiddlehead ferns, we'll likely stick to enjoying them as plants, rather than food on our plates.

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debb and Bernie - a clever post title leads to yet another learning opportunity.  Nicely taught.

Apr 23, 2019 02:18 PM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Debb... don't know that I'm ready to eat fiddleheads (guess my palette is not quite that adventurous), but I love the look and bright spring green color of them.

Apr 23, 2019 02:19 PM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

How fascinating that is, Debb.  I've seen fiddleheads, but had no idea that you could actually eat them.

Apr 23, 2019 04:10 PM #3
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - We don't see any ferns in Sedona but I am glad you showcased these Fiddleheads. Thank you!

Apr 23, 2019 05:44 PM #4
Lauren Williams, CPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I have always wished I could watch, every time, as the first brave soul tried a new food for the first time: who in the world, for example, would ever think of eating octopus or escargot?

Apr 23, 2019 06:25 PM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Debb and Bernie- count me in as someone who has never eaten Fiddlehead ferns!!! They're pretty, though!

Apr 23, 2019 06:38 PM #6
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Count me as one that didn't know about these ferns or that you could eat them. Another learning experience from Nature as Neighbors experts. Thank you for teaching us.

Apr 23, 2019 07:17 PM #7
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I discovered the joys of eating fiddlehead ferns during a 1988 summer trip to the coast of Maine. They were delicious, and I've never seen anybody eat them since.

Apr 23, 2019 09:06 PM #8
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debb & Bernie, when we lived in Boston, MA I used to cook Fiddle heads sadly  I can not buy them here in California BTW Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1% it is an East Coast delicatessen, Endre

Apr 23, 2019 11:49 PM #9
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD (Debb) I've eaten them in the's been a long time since I've had them.... and they were sauteed...I enjoyed them .... 

Apr 24, 2019 03:33 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Debb and Bernie - I learned something new today about your unique area and the nature.  This is a great local and branding post!

Apr 24, 2019 04:36 AM #11
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Debb. This is a first for me: I have never heard of them before.

Apr 24, 2019 05:58 AM #12
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Good morning Debb, you taught me something new today. They are very interesting to look at. I'm with you, I'll enjoy looking vs. eating. Their vibrant green color is very pretty. 

Apr 24, 2019 06:54 AM #13
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The fern is very pleasing to the eye, but it doesn't sound like it would be something that I would have any desire to eat, haha.

Apr 24, 2019 07:19 AM #14
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Michael Jacobs thanks for the comment and kind words. My home office looks out at our woods and I see new ferns unfurling in the dappled sunshine this morning. They have no fear, I will not be harvesting their fiddleheads to put in an omelet. ;) 

Apr 24, 2019 08:17 AM #15
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Nina Hollander they are a lovely spring sight. I too am not excited about eating them, at least our variety. The Ostrich fern that grows on the east coast is supposed to be pretty tasty. 

Myrl Jeffcoat I'm thinking our west coast fern varieties are less desirable than the east coast Ostrich fern. 

Apr 24, 2019 08:19 AM #16
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® your climate is not conducive to fern production. :) 

Kathy, I'm with you. Have yet to taste a fiddlehead. 

Apr 24, 2019 08:21 AM #17
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debb and Bernie,

I have heard of cooking fiddleheads, and I have not seen them at the Farmers Market.  The edidble ones are mostly grown in Northern California and Sacramento area where Myrl Jeffcoat lives.  I love watching the ferns unfold as they grow.  We have lots of ferns around here....Alaska had many ferns, wonder if theirs are edible?  A

Apr 24, 2019 08:40 AM #18
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for the Fiddlehead lesson.

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook fiddlehead ferns in the boiling water until barely tender, 7 to 10 minutes; drain.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the prepared fiddlehead ferns, garlic, and the salt and pepper.

Sauteed Fiddleheads Recipe -
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Apr 24, 2019 08:44 AM #19
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Sharon Lee Don't worry, we won't be serving them to you the next time you come for a visit. 

Hi there Grant Schneider - we live our niche, that's for sure. Ha. 

Apr 24, 2019 09:59 AM #20
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