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where to buy fresh bracken fiddleheads?

tooth Jul 31, 2008 12:19 PM

I know its a little late in the season but does anyone know where to buy these?

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    schrutefarms Aug 1, 2008 10:43 PM

    WTF is a bracken fiddlewhatever?

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    1. re: schrutefarms
      bulavinaka Aug 1, 2008 10:53 PM

      If you've seen a fern sending up a shoot, where it appears curled up and ready to open up, that part is the fiddlehead. When it is still tightly bunched up in its curl, the fiddlehead is at its most succulent state.


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        schrutefarms Aug 2, 2008 01:37 PM

        Huh. Now I know. Thanks.

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      dreubay2 Jul 31, 2008 03:14 PM

      Like Professor Salt says, you can get them at Japanese markets. They sell them at Korean markets too year round... we use them a lot in our side dishes!

      1. Professor Salt Jul 31, 2008 01:11 PM

        In season, you can also try the Japanese markets like Mituwa and Marukai. They're called warabi (わらび) in Japanese.

        You can also get them pickled year round in plastic pouches at the same Japanese markets.

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          tooth Jul 31, 2008 01:33 PM


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          Diana Jul 31, 2008 12:37 PM

          IN season, I've seen them at Gelson's, Whole Foods, and farmer's markets.

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            TracyS Jul 31, 2008 02:41 PM

            Have also seen them at Trader Joe's but can't vouch for them as I've always gotten them from the farmers markets.

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              hobbess Jul 31, 2008 11:56 PM

              It depends on which farmers market. Probably the big ones in LA like SM and Hollywood.

              But, out in OC, I've never seen them or morels at even the OC's biggest farmers markets

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                Das Ubergeek Aug 1, 2008 08:07 AM

                They have them -- in season, which this is not -- at the fancy greens stand that is along the "main row" of booths, about halfway back, near Ha's Apple Farm. The place that also does the CSA boxes.

                The season here, if I recall right, is March.

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                estone888 Aug 2, 2008 02:22 PM

                I've bought them twice from Trader Joe's hoping for the best. Each time, when I opened the package I had to throw them out.

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