Tired of your old standard veggies, like broccoli, carrots or cauliflower?
Try some fiddlehead ferns instead.
Long, curled green plants, fiddlehead ferns look pretty weird at first glance, but they truly make a great addition to any dinner plate – no matter what you’re serving up.
Personally, I think they taste a bit like asparagus. Just add a little salt, pepper and lemon juice, saute them in a pan for a few minutes, and you’ve got a nice side dish in no time.
But it’s not just the taste that make fiddlehead ferns great …
Fiddlehead ferns are actually highly nutritious too.
At just a mere 34 calories per serving, you can really fill up on these babies without packing on the pounds.
They’re super fibrous, too … which keeps you fuller longer and helps keep away cravings and overeating.
On top of all this, they also contain lots of manganese – an element that balances your blood sugar …
Boosts your metabolism …
And improves thyroid function.
That makes them perfect for helping you lose weight.
Fiddlehead ferns are also extremely rich in vitamins. They’re packed with riboflavin, niacin, potassium, beta carotene, vitamin B, vitamin C and vitamin A.
In fact … fiddlehead ferns are so high in vitamin A, they cover your daily recommended value in just one small serving! Pretty amazing stuff.
Their high vitamin content also makes fiddleheads great at boosting your immune system …
Fighting off sickness and infection …
Improving vision and eye health …
Preventing night blindness and macular degeneration …
Ridding your body of free radicals …
Treating stomach ulcers …
And even preventing certain types of cancer!
There’s nothing these green little babies can’t do.
Vitamins aren’t the only nutrients fiddlehead ferns have either.
They also provide more than 4 grams of protein in every serving, as well as 5 grams of carbohydrates – which give you energy and fill you up!
You’ll also get 7 percent of your daily recommended iron and 14 percent of your daily phosphorus from just one single serving of fiddleheads.
This can strengthen your bones and skeletal system and boost red blood cell production. That means a lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and lower risk of heart disease. It can even help treat anemia.
If you’re a vegetarian … fiddlehead ferns can offer you a great, non-meat source of omega 3 fatty acids.
These can lower your cholesterol, boost your metabolism, improve your memory, help with weight loss and prevent the development of type-2 diabetes.
Other big benefits of fiddlehead ferns?
They act as an antioxidant …. Improving your immune function and strengthening your body’s natural defenses ….
They’re anti-inflammatory …. Treating autoimmune diseases and decreasing joint pain …
They’re high in fiber …. Helping soothe digestive issues and treat irritable bowel syndrome …
And they’re just plain tasty, too.
For a really crisp touch, just chop some up and add it raw to a salad or atop a stir fry.
If something softer is more your style, boil some fiddlehead in a pot of salted water, roast it in the oven with a little olive oil and garlic, or saute it in a pan with other veggies.
They go with just about anything!
Just be sure to wash them, and scrub off any brown or paper-like spots that may remain on the stalk. These are scales that need to be removed before eating. You don’t want to consume them!
Are you ready to change up your veggie game and try some fiddlehead ferns?
Just head to your local specialty or health food store. You’ll typically find them near celery and other stalk-like produce.
Be sure to look for ones that are firm (not wilting) and bright green in color. Avoid any soft or yellowing fiddleheads, and take care to wrap them up, seal them in a bag and store them in your fridge until you’re ready to cook them.
I personally love fiddlehead ferns, especially as a side dish at dinner. If you try them with one of your meals this week, let me know what you think in the comments. I hope you enjoy!