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‘Tis the season to pick Matteuccia struthiopteris

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Ostrich fern or Shuttlecock fernStrutsevinge

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What to do with your stash of Ostrich Ferns?

Pickle them 

Preserve with ginger

A quick pickle

NB Blanch the fiddleheads well before cooking!

Health Canada and the CDC both have investigated a number of outbreaks of foodborne illness associated with the consumption of raw or lightly cooked fiddleheads. The described symptoms of this foodborne illness were diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and headaches. These symptoms generally occur within 30 minutes to 12 hours after eating raw or undercooked fiddleheads. This foodborne illness typically lasts less than 24 hours, but it was found that some cases could last up to three days.

Ostrich ferns are often found by rivers and can be identified by stiff “ostrich wings” sticking out of the plant.