Another passage of Spring here in Northern New England…

It’s creepy looking.  Like an alien emerging out of the ground. 

Fiddleheads are the newly sprouted and unfurled heads of ferns.  Around these parts in Maine they’re kind of an early spring delicacy.  Those emerald-green coils which appear for only about two weeks at the end of April here in upper New England.

A happily-cooked fiddlehead has a sort of dark, nutty sweetness, somewhere between asparagus and artichoke, and has a texture to the tooth more like shrimp than anything else. I have sauteed them in garlic and butter, but you can find a number of recipes online.  The important key:  keep it simple.  

These delights only last so long up here… enjoy them while you can.  But once they’re gone you definitely know summer is around the corner!


About Diary of a Wanna Be Homesteader...

Call me the black sheep of the family. I’m a 30-something (pushing 40) socially inept gal living in the beautiful state of Maine, mother of two rambunctious children, to include two dogs with a combined weight of 300 lbs. I met my husband, self-professed anti-social media mogul, in Japan. We met in November 1998, married in May 1999… happily ever after. After much exploration, and two children later, we settled in Maine to raise our family away from the hassles of city life. Surrounded by trees and clean air we’ve built a spectacular life on 3 acres. Folks may call us anti-social… we like to call ourselves pr0-self. We value each other, our family and our passions in life more than pleasing others. I buy milk in glass bottles. I drive a Prius. I am a weather junkie. I must drink a cup of coffee daily. I believe in buying local. I love knitting but don’t do it often enough. Sunflowers make me happy. Fishing calms my soul. This blog is about my love of a simpler life… family, love, gardening, nature, independence. This is the place where I will share it, and begin my journey to obtain that life, one step at a time.

One response to “Another passage of Spring here in Northern New England…

  1. Just thought I’d say “hello” to another New Englander. I have a red door as well.

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