Fiddlehead Contest!

Every year at NorCliff, we invite fiddlehead lovers to submit a recipe for a chance to win a $100 gift card to their favorite grocer.

We receive so many beautiful photos of lovely recipes featuring fiddleheads - it's so hard to choose! That's why we opened up voting to our Instagram followers, and the most liked photo won!

We're so happy to announce that this year's winner is this beautiful shrimp and fiddlehead crostini by @fionnlagh_fae:

She provided the following description:

Sautéed shrimp in EVOO
Blistered cherry tomatoes and pan seared fiddleheads tossed in a roasted garlic butter
Served over toasted @pastabilitiesstretch bread and topped with a basil chiffonade 

YUM! Congratulations, Fion!

Crispy Pan-Seared Salmon with Sautéed Fiddlehead Ferns and Dill Sauce

Double F's for this recipe, Fiddleheads & Fish!

Crispy Pan-Seared Salmon with Sautéed Fiddlehead Ferns and Dill Sauce

recipe in the link below:

Happy Earth Day!


Fiddlehead Stamp

Where it all began for NorCliff/Nick Secord and his love for #Fiddleheads
Date of issue: July, 28, 1998.

History, Healing, Symbolism and More of Our Beloved Fiddlehead Fern

Beautiful article by Catherine Boeckmann addressing the history, healing and symbolism among cultures of our beloved fiddlehead fern:

A beautiful fern in the fern garden at Como Park in Minneapolis. Jasanna Czellar Ferns are fascinating! This ancient family of plants—which lived BEFORE dinosaurs walked the Earth—has a prominent place in folklore and legend. Discover fern symbolism, healing powers, growing tips, and even recipes for cooking the young fiddlehead fern! WHAT ARE FIDDLEHEADS? In April, young ferns sprout from wet soil here in New Hampshire, appearing bright green against the decaying leaves. These are the fiddleheads, so-called because the very tops—furled tight when young—look like the tuning end of a fiddle. Fiddlehead ferns are the popular name for Ostrich ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris) which grow in central and eastern North America. Ferns require liquid water to reproduce, so you’ll often find them near streams and moist, forested areas. Many Native American tribes…

Fiddleheads: From Ground to Consume

At the beginning of May, or end of April (weather permitting) fiddlehead pickers journey to remote islands off the coast of New Brunswick and quest through forests and along streams in Ontario and Quebec in search of fiddleheads. NorCliff Farms encourages consumers to store fiddleheads in cold water for longer shelf life. By doing so, fiddleheads can have a shelf life of up to three weeks. With fiddlehead season being so short lived, this tip will help consumers prolong the pleasure of eating fiddleheads.
Step 1: Clean fiddleheads. Place fiddleheads in a colander. Submerge colander in a bowl of water and remove any pieces of dirt by hand.
(This may need to be done more than once.) Lift the colander and drain the water from the fiddleheads.

Trim the ends off of each fiddlehead.

Step 2: Boil the Fiddleheads. Boil water, add a pinch of salt, add fiddleheads into the water and cook for 8to ten minutes, or until tender. If you boil FH, the taste will be mild and similar to that of asparagus. I…

Easy ready in 30 minutes, 80 calories nutritional snack!

NorCliff Fiddleheads have no ‘cides.’ No herbicides, fungicidesor pesticides are used on our crops at anytime.