Shaking It Up by Eating a Fern??

I love ferns. I have always loved ferns. I had a couple of ferns in college, but I could never get them to live very long. I was actually a horticulture major in college for 2 weeks, and even when I was a horticulture major I could not keep ferns alive very long. I always notice the ferns when walking through nature or visiting a botanic garden. I tried to grow ferns in my previous house, but also without success. So for decades I have had a reverence for ferns.


Beautiful ferns

Yesterday, even though it was not a Thursday, I did something I had never done before. I ate a fern. There was a special meal at work yesterday, and one of the appetizers had a fiddlehead fern as a garnish. It didn’t fully look like a fern, because it was still very compact and round.

The chef said that I should try one. So after all these years of admiring this beautiful plant, I ate one. Here is the bottom line — I didn’t like it. I think because I was expecting it to taste as amazing as it looks. I thought it would have a light, slightly  sweet flavor. It did not. It should have tasted like a piece of white cake with frosting — that is how much I love ferns. If you look online, there are websites that describe it as a grassy springlike flavor with a hint of nuttiness. Some even say it reminds them of okra. Very disappointing.

So maybe it is a good thing that they don’t taste better. There would be fields of ferns, they would become common in grocery stores, and would lose their specialness.

I will continue to admire the beauty of ferns, but I do not plan to eat one again.


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This is what I hoped the fern would taste like.


2 thoughts on “Shaking It Up by Eating a Fern??

  1. stephanie c white says:

    I am laughing!! I have ferns in my front yard garden, which you never see at holiday time. Never occurred to me to want to eat them. I would think they would taste like bitter salad greens. That was very imaginative shaking it up, Pam. Loved it.

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  2. Debbie says:

    I was so excited to see a new shake it up post just now.

    I had to laugh at you not being able to keep ferns alive for your two weeks as a horticulture major!

    I certainly never would have thought about eating a fern. My guess would be that it would taste like grass. Maybe we should all try a few more of our potted plants. Although some of them might actually be poisonous. Maybe not a good idea.

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