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5 Oct

Contest: Fiddle About

The Prize:

Yes, I dare you to find another website that holds a contest to win vegetables. But these aren’t just any veggies. They are fiddlehead greens, the Rolls Royce of the vegetable world. Fiddleheads are only available for a small window in April and May, and even as such, you’d have to beat the other foodies and sous chefs to the market to snatch them up before they disappear. So I found the next best thing. Today’s winner will receive an entire case of frozen fiddlehead greens courtesy of Norcliff Farms. Norcliff is the largest fiddlehead green grower in the world; when it comes to these greens, you can bet they aren’t fiddling about (pun absolutely intended, absolutely). For a little more info on these curled beauties, read my post, “On the Trail of the Elusive Fiddlehead.” And here’s a recipe for fiddleheads with bacon, the Rolls Royce of the pork world.

The Contest:

Today’s contest is easy to enter, hard to master. I’ll be running three more posts today. All are the results posts of challenge contests from earlier in the month. To win the fiddleheads, leave a thoughtful comment on one of the next three posts today:

  • Contest Results: Meet a Farmer
  • Contest Results: Foraging in a Fast Food Nation
  • Contest Results: Where in the World is Grok

To reiterate, you can’t win by commenting on this post, you need to comment on one of the next three posts. And when I say “thoughtful,” I mean you should leave a comment about the post. The person who says “I want to win the fiddleheads!” won’t cut it. Bonus points awarded for the wittiest, funniest or most thought provoking comments. A winner will be chosen at random among all eligible contestants. Grok on!

The Deadline:

Midnight, tonight!

Who is Eligible:

Because these are consumable, only US residents can win. A substitute prize of equal value will be awarded in the case of an international winner.

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. Ok, I know commenting on this post doesn’t enter me in the contest, but I still wanted to say I love fiddleheads 😀

    Audry wrote on October 5th, 2010
  2. Clarification – should we only pick one, or we can comment on any/all of them but for the purposes of the contest it’s one entry per person?

    Or perhaps Chicago-style – comment early, comment often?

    Kris wrote on October 5th, 2010
    • Comment on any or all. Multiple comments don’t get your multiple entries.

      Mark Sisson wrote on October 5th, 2010
  3. Fiddleheads are great…. did I win? :)

    Steven wrote on October 5th, 2010
  4. As I am living in the Windy City, I am with Kris…

    I have never tried a fiddlehead but have always wanted to!

    Anything they compare to?

    Nicole wrote on October 5th, 2010
    • They have a mild taste.
      If you boil them, mild like asparagus. If you steam them, sharp like rapini. And don’t for get nutritionally over the top. Twice the anti-oxidant active than blueberries…. omega 3 & 6 and ect. ect. ect.
      A new SUPERFOOD.

      Nick Secord wrote on October 7th, 2010
  5. Never tried fiddledheads, but now I am going to be on the look out in the early spring.
    I liked the “Where in the world is Grok.” It is pretty cool how the Primal Movement is getting bigger and bigger. We can only hope this changes grocery markets and how people think as it grows. Grok On!

    Steve Fruendt wrote on October 5th, 2010
  6. I have never heard of a fiddlehead before but it sounds interesting!

    Primal Toad wrote on October 5th, 2010
  7. I’ve never heard of fiddlehead greens. They look like something I could get a toddler to eat though! I keep adding to my garden and may try to find some seeds….just to wow the local folks!

    Cajun Grok Girl wrote on October 5th, 2010
  8. After growing up in CO (definitely no fiddleheads there!), I was hesitant to try them for the first time when I moved to MA. Now, I eagerly await fiddlehead season every spring. I usually just steam, but fiddleheads with bacon sound amazingly divine!

    Jenn wrote on October 5th, 2010
  9. Here in Nova Scotia, fresh fiddleheads are a prime sign of Spring! They are, by the way, the first growth of a fern, mostly the ostrich fern around here. (Not all ferns at this stage are edible, though.) If you wanted to grow them, you’d need to start with spores, then, not seed. We recently cleared away the brush from near a stream; I was delighted to see, this Spring, signs of fiddlehead (ostrich fern) infiltration!

    Thanks for including these.

    Susan Slater wrote on October 5th, 2010
  10. I’ve seen fiddleheads on Mount Tam but never knew people bought them. A friend pointed them out to us as we were talking to the twins about all the food pioneers and olone could eat. Funny, it was a nice to keep the kids from mutiny on a 6 mile hike but I’ve never had them.

    Maya wrote on October 5th, 2010
  11. Please slow the scroll on the “Fast Food” post. The captions scroll too quickly to read!!!

    Nancy wrote on October 5th, 2010
  12. foraging in a fast food world can prove difficult. I had to do this when Atkins and gluten free were unknown. People would just stare at what you were eating and say you don’t eat bread? I would die without bread, not knowing that I would die if I kept eating it. Thank goodness for the change of times and attitudes that are more accepting of differences.

    Kerry wrote on October 5th, 2010
  13. am i doing spmething wrong? dont see how tocomment on those next 3 posts….no “keep reading” button or “leave a reply” box for any of them

    anzy wrote on October 5th, 2010
  14. nevermind…found it

    anzy wrote on October 5th, 2010
    • Where, I’m still looking.

      Postermama wrote on October 5th, 2010
  15. Fiddleheads are yummy, but beware that undercooked fiddleheads commonly cause food poisoning, so make sure you do not try to eat them by lightly sauteeing them “al dente” as I did!! I later Googled “fiddleheads” and discovered that the top page of search results were all about incidences of food poisoning. Who knew!

    I read that fiddleheads may contain a toxin that is neutralized in cooking, but I also think they are a higher risk food due to their shape (bacteria, bugs, etc. can get into the furls and fester).

    Anyway, the way to eliminate this problem is to put them in a pot of water and bring it to a rolling boil before sauteeing or whatever cooking method you wish to use.

    And enjoy, because they sure are tasty :)

    CS wrote on October 5th, 2010
    • I just wanted to mention that there are no natural toxins in Fiddlehead Greens.

      Fiddlehead Greens are exclusive to the Ostrich Fern. Through studies and research conducted through NorCliff Farms Inc. We have come to learn that the Ostrich Fern is not toxic.

      Fiddleheads should be thoroughly washed before preparing them due to residue that may be found on the outer surface of the plant, as they do grow in the wild.

      When cooked “al dente” they can be compared to Rapini; and have a slightly more bitter taste to them.

      For the easiest cooking method, NorCliff Staff recommends boiling Fiddleheads for 8-10minutes and adding some butter,parmesan and a little salt and pepper to taste.

      Liana Curtis wrote on October 7th, 2010
    • You got it right.
      Here is a quote from Agri-Food Canada.
      Dr. John Delong of Agri-Food Canada states there are no natural toxins in Fiddlehead Greens, which are strictly picked from the Ostrich Fern plant. What has been found in the past is if Fiddleheads are not washed or cooked properly; the residue and contaminants found on the exterior of the fiddleheads were from external sources. In addition, the untrained eye may mistake other types of ferns for the Ostrich Fern.

      Nick Secord wrote on October 7th, 2010
  16. Another Canadian Maritimer here – only from New Brunswick this time, not Nova Scotia, like Susan.
    Fresh fiddleheads are AWESOME! You can’t be from the maritimes without eating these wonderful ferns. I eat them daily when they are in season and buy them in 5lb bags! Just a little water in the pot is all they need and boil for about 5 min.
    They’re great served with a little balsamic or red wine vinegar….DELISH!

    Heather Anslow wrote on October 5th, 2010
  17. I find it interesting you all have never had fiddleheads! I don’t like them, but I can go out in my yard and pick some (they grow in Maine!)

    AlyieCat wrote on October 5th, 2010
  18. To: Where in the world is Grok?
    He’s on the run from Dallas Texas to New York City, to stop him now would be a pity.

    Postermama wrote on October 5th, 2010
  19. A quick note about Fiddlehead Greens, they are exclusive to the Ostrich Fern.

    It would be wise to inquire about which type of Fern your local grocer is carrying!

    Liana Curtis wrote on October 7th, 2010
  20. After reading Nick Secords coments, I now see how healthy Fiddleheads are and I want them all the more. I was looking for them and I got sent to this site. I’m almost seventy and my husband of 48 years is seventy two. We have never tasted fiddle heads; but we really want some. Maybe if we ate those we could fiddle around more than every other day, like we do now.

    Stella Bilyeu wrote on October 16th, 2010

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