Thursday, 01 May 2014 16:22

Guidelines To Follow Before Consuming Fiddleheads

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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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