nichepoetryandprose

poetry and prose about place

fiddlehead season in New Brunswick

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This time of year in New Brunswick, the fields and riversides are turning green. The leaves of the alders are the size of a mouse’s ear and that means fishing in the streams. The small leaves of the red maples are like green stars against a blue sky. And bouquets of fiddlehead ferns are unfolding in the wet meadows and along the shores.

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Fiddleheads, the young coiled leaf fronds of the Ostrich fern (Matteuccia Struthiopteris (L.) Tod.), are a local delicacy in New Brunswick. Steamed, with a pat of butter, they are the perfect vegetable for a spring meal. Fiddleheads are one of the edible wild plants featured in my book ‘within easy reach’ (Chapel Street Editions). I will be launching my book at 7 pm on June 9, 2016 at Westminster Books in Fredericton. If you live in the Fredericton area, I would be so happy to see you there!

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For more information on the fiddlehead, see https://janetims.com/2012/05/19/making-friends-with-the-ferns-2/

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Fiddleheads along the Saint John River in the Grand Lake Meadows

 

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  1. Wish I could be there for your book launch, Jane. Enjoy your fiddleheads. I don’t know if they have them this far south or not.

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    Robin

    May 19, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    • Hi Robin. It’s one disadvantage of making friends on the Blog … they can’t be here to celebrate with you!!!! I know they eat fiddleheads in Maine. The web says Ostrich fern occurs as far south as Connecticut. Jane

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      jane tims

      May 19, 2016 at 12:45 pm

  2. Just had our first Fiddleheads last week: Spring magic.

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    rogermoorepoet

    May 18, 2016 at 8:11 am


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