Beauty You May Have Never Noticed
Did you know that when a fern first emerges in the spring it is called a fiddlehead?
You can tell from the picture why an immature frond is known as a fiddlehead.
Fiddleheads are a spring delicacy in many areas of the country. People steam them, eat them in salads, or pickle them. I’ve never eaten a fiddlehead, but I’d try them given the opportunity.
I certainly don’t want to eat these fiddleheads because I want to enjoy the fern’s deer proof foliage all summer. It seems odd that people eat these but the deer leave them alone.
I almost didn’t notice these when I was outside on Sunday. By chance I leaned over to pull a weed and there they were. I’ve found that if I really stop to look in nature, I see the most beautiful things.
We have lots of ferns in the woods behind our house. I always look for these in the spring. They are pretty!
I love unexpected finds like this – doesn’t it just make you smile? I think I have eaten fiddleheads, but I can’t remember what they tasted like!
And did you know that as they are still curled up they are an example of the Golden Mean or a swirling square (depending on your term). Beautiful photos, my friend!
This is a big reason why I love this time of year. Seeing things pop out of the ground. It is a very hopeful time.
I didn’t know they were called fiddleheads, or even that people ate them. I never cease to be amazed at what nature can teach us. Beautiful photos too, Paula.
And I could tell you the whole story of the fern life cycle, it’s quite interesting, but perhaps TMI for a blog comment – – – –
Mrs. Science who still needs to teach SOMEPLACE!
I had no idea they were called fiddleheads! Thanks for the botany lesson….now I’ll be in search of fiddleheads.
Love this post! I planted 5 new Ostrich Ferns yesterday, and yes… the “fiddleheads” looked exactly as you pictured! I love nature, and it’s the time when I’m digging in the dirt that I feel closest to God!
So pretty those little fiddleheads! Great pictures. I don’t know that I would eat one though, maybe with ranch dressing? Have a great weekend Paula!
My grandparents’ wood were full of ferns. Love them! Pretty photos, Paula!
Great pictures, Paula. I love it when the ferns start emerging in the spring. Carla
What a neat neat post! I am enjoying your blog (just found you). We call my 20 month old daughter, Sweet Bean so the title of your blog did catch my eye!
Hope you’re having a great week!