(Closed) Fiddlehead Ferns

posted 10 years ago in Flowers
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Newbee

I think I’ve seen them referred to as "monkey tails"…

 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’ve heard of them called fern fronds or fern shoots (I think literally they are shoots that the plant sends out to grow more!)  I assume you showed them a photo and they still have no idea?  BIZARRE.  I’m only one state over-Minnesota-and many florists here use them.  I’m having them in my bouquet.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I’m using them in the bouts, too, and found fake ones here: http://www.pyob.com/fiddleheads-uluhe.htm

 The fresh ones are often sauteed and eaten! I think the ones we usually see in magazines are dried.

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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Go to fiftyflowers.com

They are not listed, but they can find them for you.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

You can buy the dried or faux ones almost anywhere but if you are looking for fresh honestly…try an upscale grocer or restaurant supply, you are close enough to Canada where we eat them all the time!  You can easily grow them, I have seen them in upstate New York a lot as well.  

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Fiddlehead ferns are the young sprouts of the fern before it fully opens. Most of the time they are green (at least they are in the forest and at our grocery store).

With a wedding in October it’s unlikely that you will find some fresh one since they only come out in the spring. So go for the fake one or find a way to dry some. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

i’m using "monkey tails" too.

oh yes.,……i also was nervous when my florist looked at me with a blank stare. thankfully i had pics.

she told me that they are just pieces of plastic that they strip to curl.  (the fake ones, obviously) i am ignoring the fact that she doesnt seem to know that this is a real fern that grows somewhere.

its official name (for the brown ones) is Uluhe fern

 

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

According to this, the Uluhe ferns are also called "False Staghorn." 

But I think most any fern makes shoots like those curly little tails. If there’s a Filipino or Asian market near you, try there too — I know there are several fern shoot dishes that Asians eat. 

Post # 13
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Newbee

Fresh fiddleheads are only available for 4 weeks of the year in May…at least in eastern Canada that’s when we have them. Also, I doubt they would hold up to the wedding day beating! I think you’re definitely better off with faux…dried cou be good too, but you would lose that beautiful vibrant green colour.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I love this look! 

In Maori (New Zealand native people) culture, the fern is very significant. The curled fiddleheads, called koru, actually symbolize the start of all life. It’s a nice sentiment to go into a bouquet, I think. 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I worked at a florist for a long time and we always called them "monkey tails" so I would give that name a shot.  Good luck!

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