This week’s project was inspiration from an unfurling fern head. What does it make you feel?
The koru, which is often used in Māori art as a symbol of creation, is based on the shape of an unfurling fern frond. Its circular shape conveys the idea of perpetual movement, and its inward coil suggests a return to the point of origin.
Fern gently unfurls
opens up to light and warmth
reach out for love and hope.
Heather 🕊 xx
Fiddleheads come from the shoots of ostrich ferns commonly found throughout eastern North American forests. They are bright green, tightly coiled fronds of young fern plants harvested throughout spring and sometimes through late summer. Fiddlehead ferns pair well with mushrooms and are a great addition to soups, omelettes, stir-fry and pasta dishes. These lovely green veggies are low-calorie and high in antioxidants as well as vitamins A and C.
Because consuming raw and undercooked fiddlehead ferns has been linked with cases of food poisoning, it’s important to cook them thoroughly by boiling for 15 minutes or steaming for 10 to 12 minutes.
Since fiddlehead season has just begun, check your farmers market and specialty grocery stores to see if they carry them, and take this time to look up some delicious recipes! And in the fall, if you can find frozen fiddleheads, add them to a homemade soup that you can refreeze and enjoy. Explore with care!
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