Fiddlehead ferns are a versatile ingredient, well suited for a range of dishes. They require minimal preparation and offer a fresh taste with a nice crunchy texture.
I put this dish together which first appeared on The Refined Chef website. It is a simple pasta preparation consisting of a light sauce made with blanched fiddleheads and lightly sauteed cherry tomatoes. Lemon zest is added to brighten the dish and grated parmesan rounds everything out.
A few years ago, during one of my Saturday visits to the Union Square farmer’s market, I came across fiddlehead ferns. They were tightly wound-up little green disks piled high in a cardboard box. I kept looking in the box and although I wasn’t sure what they were, it was something new which meant I was going to buy some.
The great thing about a farmer’s market are vendors are more than happy to tell you about their product and most importantly explain how to prepare them.