Recipe: Gathered Greens with Pickled Fiddleheads and Beets – Part 1: Pickled Fiddleheads and Beets

From the Vitality Food Feature ‘STALKING THE WILD FIDDLEHEADS‘.

(Makes 4 servings)


  • 1 cup fresh fiddleheads
  • 1 cup baby beets
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup honey or coconut nectar
  • 1 Tbsp pickling spice

1) Clean fiddleheads and trim and peel beets. In a saucepan cover fiddleheads and beets with water and add salt.

2) Bring to a boil over high heat, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Using a colander, drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside to cool. When cool, transfer to a bowl.

3) In a saucepan, combine vinegar and water and bring to a boil.

4) Stir in honey and pickling spice. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally for 5 to 10 minutes or until slightly reduced and thickened.

5) Pour pickling mixture over vegetables in the bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or as long as overnight.

6) Bring to room temperature before serving.

As a professional Home Economist (BAA, Ryerson Univ., Toronto) and Culinary Herbalist, Pat’s passion for healthy food is fused with her knowledge and love of herbs. She has honed her herb practice over more than four decades of growing, studying, photographing, experimenting with, and writing about what she calls the helping plants. In fact, Crocker marries the medicinal benefits of herbs in every original recipe she develops. An award-winning author, Pat has written 22 herb/healthy cookbooks, including The Healing Herbs Cookbook, The Juicing Bible, and most recently The Herbalist’s Kitchen (Sterling, 2018), and Healing Cannabis Edibles. She has over 1.5 million books in print and translated to over 11 languages. Watch for her next book, Cooking and Healing with Cannabis to be launched in 2020. And to find out more about Cannabis and Pat Crocker’s books and appearances, visit

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