from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various ferns of the genus Matteuccia, especially M. struthiopteris, of northern temperate regions, having long plumelike fronds.

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  • noun tall fern of northern temperate regions having graceful arched fronds and sporophylls resembling ostrich plumes


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  • Did you know that you can eat the fiddleheads?

    October 15, 2007

  • I did, but have you tried them? What do they taste like?

    October 15, 2007

  • I wish that I could say I have. I only learned that you could this summer. Supposedly they taste sort of like asparagus, but I'll let you know for certain in the spring.

    October 15, 2007

  • That's what I've heard too. I'm sure you'll keep us posted. :-)

    October 15, 2007

  • I didn't know it was this particular type of fern.

    I know that if they're cooked badly, they can make you sick. (Some chef I know told me that.) Then again... lots of things can, like sushi. *slaps knee*

    October 16, 2007

  • Hmm, I bet sauteed ostrich ferns would be yummy in a sushi roll. Mmmmmm, sushi.

    October 18, 2007

  • I'm a sushi wimp. I only eat the vegetable rolls.

    October 18, 2007

  • You should try the crab (cooked), omelette (cooked) and... are the clams cooked too? Anyway... lots of the non-vegetable-type sushi varieties are cooked.

    October 18, 2007

  • Really? Didn't know that. Perhaps I will try those. It would also fit into my "don't eat anything that looks like it did before it died" rule. ;-)

    October 18, 2007

  • Eel is cooked, too, and super yummy. But I love the raw fish the most. :P

    October 19, 2007

  • *shiver*

    I wouldn't touch eel with a 10-foot pole. Not if you paid me. Not for all the tea in China. Not in a million years.

    I do not like eel, Sam-I-Am.

    October 19, 2007

  • Eel is a perfectly good white fish. It's quite delightful! I can understand if you didn't want to CLEAN it yourself, but... impeccably cleaned, cooked, in bite-size pieces, with a nice terriyaki glaze on it? How could you NOT try it?

    I'm fond of it especially because my great-grandmother really liked it. Says my mom. Who also likes it.

    October 20, 2007

  • It's like candy. Only better.

    October 20, 2007

  • Eel (I've only eaten freshwater) is delicious, and would go very well with fiddleheads.

    October 20, 2007

  • Yeah! Like candy! Like... eel-flavored candy.


    October 20, 2007

  • Bleccch. Sorry, great-grandmother.

    October 22, 2007