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Fiddlehead Soup Recipe

My family loves this delicious soup made with fiddleheads (the tightly curled young fronds from bracken, ostrich and cinnamon ferns). We have been hunting for and harvesting wild edible plants for a number of years now. Fiddleheads are one of the first plants to sprout in the spring.—Karen Grasley, Quadeville, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 cup fiddleheads or sliced fresh asparagus
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup sliced leeks (white portion only)
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  • 1. In a saucepan, cook fiddleheads, mushrooms, leeks and onions in butter until the onions are tender, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in the flour, salt and cayenne. Gradually add the milk and broth, stirring until blended. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 10 minutes. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 370 calories, 29g fat (18g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 854mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.

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Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"This is the best! I've been making it for years."

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