Where to Purchase?
Knowing that some of our consumers may not understand the characteristics of fiddleheads prior to purchasing them, it’s very important so please read the following carefully.
Similar to apples or bananas fiddleheads go through a natural oxidation process. Once they are exposed to the air the ends of the vegetable turns a dark green/brown color.
Upon returning home with fiddleheads, they should be stored at 34 degrees Fahrenheit; and for best results and longest shelf life, stored in coldwater is preferable. Fiddleheads can substitute almost any vegetable called for in any recipe. When steamed they have a tendency to be bitter like rapini. When boiled they have a milder flavour comparable to spinach or broccoli.
For best results and most delicious flavour; boil fiddleheads for 8-10 minutes (until tender but not too soft) add butter & salt and pepper to taste. NorCliff Farms Inc. hand picks each fiddlehead without any machinery or tools. NorCliff Farms Inc. fiddleheads are what is referred to as “Wild Harvested.”
Fresh fiddleheads can be purchased from end of april to mid-June. (tentative on weather) Season has been delayed in the past by two (2) weeks due to cold and rainy weather.
Canadian Grocers Retailing Fresh Fiddleheads:
– Loblaws (www.loblaws.ca/)
– Metro (www.metro.ca/)
– Sobeys (www.sobeys.ca/)
– No Frills (www.shopnofrills.ca/)
– The Great Canadian Superstore (www.superstore.ca/)
– Food Basics (www.foodbasics.com/)
– Zehrs (www.zehrsmarkets.ca/)
– Longo’s (Toronto) (www.longos.com/)
– Lococo’s (www.lococos.ca/)
– IGA (www.marketplaceiga.com/)
– Price Chopper (www.pricechopper.ca/)
– Provigo (Quebec) (www.provigo.ca/)
– Valumart (www.valumart.ca/)
– Fortino’s (Ontario) (www.fortinos.ca/)
– Thomas Fresh (Alberta) (www.martinsproduce.com/)
– Whole Foods (Toronto) (www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/toronto/)
– Whole Foods (Oakville)(http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/oakville/)
– The Big Carrot (Toronto) (www.thebigcarrot.ca/)
American Grocers Retailing Fresh Fiddleheads: