Guidelines To Follow Before Consuming Fiddleheads

ORONO - It’s the time of the year that fiddleheads are beginning to sprout but there are some things you should know.


Before eating them, make sure they're fully cleaned and cooked.

Experts say never consume them raw. Usually steaming or boiling for about 12 to 15 minutes gets them ready to eat.

Failing to do so can get you sick.

“We do hear a lot about people just sautéing them, microwaving them at restaurants or even at home, and the foodborne illness resulting from that. The symptoms for that include vomiting, diarrhea, the typical foodborne illness, uncomfortable for a day or so. It happens pretty quickly after eating them,” says Asst. Extension Professor and Food Safety Specialist, Jason Bolton.

More resources including information on cleaning, consuming and storing fiddleheads can be found here.

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Bryan joined the news team in February of 2014. You can catch him weekday mornings on WVII ABC 7's Good Morning Maine at 6:30am and WFVX FOX 22's 7am News Hour. Bryan has held an interest in news since he was a child, often sitting in front of a video camera reading the newspaper.

Bryan is an Indiana native, and yes, an Indianapolis Colts fan. Also a graduate of Ball State University, Bryan holds a degree in Telecommunications and Journalism. He also has a passion for weather, and holds a minor in meteorology and climatology.

When not at the station, you will most likely find Bryan hiking, skiing, snow climbing and also enjoying the beach in the summer. He plans to enjoy everything Maine has to offer.

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