Fiddleheads also known as the Ostrich Fern are those curly green things that you may have passed in your Canadian grocery or health food store in late April or early May. What’s kind of cool about these look-alike citronella coils (or at least I think so) is that they’re native to Canada! Another thing we grow and can be proud of eh!
Well out at a local market on Saturday I happened to walk by the infamous Fiddleheads myself, but rather than ignoring them like I normally do I thought that I would buy some and give them another whirl. My previous experience with Fiddleheads was quite boring, think olive oil and lemon boring. However, now knowing what these green spirals are nutritionally worth I’m quite glad I gave them a second chance:)
Fiddleheads are a great source of antioxidants especially Vitamin A and C and according to research they contain double the amount of antioxidants as blueberries. Also great to know about the Canadian fern is that they contain significant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, specifically EPA which helps with inflammation, enhances the immune function, and enhances the action of insulin. (http://www.agr.gc.ca/cb/index_e.php?s1=tip-puce&s2=2010&page=05) So needless to say these look-alike citronella coils have a great purpose here in their native land! They truly would be a great addition to a healthy Spring detox regimen as well as a wonderful natural immune tonic or wound healing food.
Now that you know this and now that you have a non boring recipe to try (see below) please give them a chance!
Canadian Spring Salad
Directions: Mix ingredients in large bowl and coat with French Canadian dressing.
French Canadian dressing
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup flax oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
2 Tbsp. tahini
2 garlic cloves
3 small celery stalks chopped
1 Tbsp. organic Dijon mustard
1/2 Tsp. cayenne
Directions: Put all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth. Add more oil or a little water to make a less thick dressing.