Much is made of the fact that Maine has five, not four, seasons. Coming between winter and spring is what is called “Mud Season.” Fueled by runoff of melting snow and freezing April rain, most outdoor activities come to a halt. Year-round residents whose cars, trucks and LL Bean boots are caked in mud can only dream of the splendid days to come.
But put away your boots and hose down your cars, I am writing to proclaim, that although quite late, spring has arrived!
- On May 12 the sun rose over Penobscot Bay at 5:12 a.m.; however, the first light appeared at about 4:15 a.m. The early light is always a surprise to first-time visitors who are convinced they overslept, but to Mainers who spent the winter in near-darkness, it is magical.
- Fiddleheads appear in the woods and on restaurant menus. A fiddlehead is the frond of an edible fern prized for its unique flavor which to me tastes like a cross between asparagus and green beans. Rich in Vitamins A and C, they grace the menus of both diners and fine dining establishments. We like to serve a few to taste with your morning eggs! But much like mushroom foraging, identifying as well as preparing should not be done by amateurs.
- Asparagus are here! After carefully tending for three years in our vegetable garden at Victorian by the Sea B&B, our small crop of asparagus are finally ready to pick and serve to our early springtime guests.
- Daffodils, forsythia and the hardy pansy bring color and enchantment to the roadsides and dooryards.
- And last but not least, it is rhubarb, the earliest of perennial plants and most welcome harbinger of spring. At the B&B, we like to make fresh rhubarb muffins for our guests. Even those who swear they don’t like rhubarb request the recipe. The recipe, which we posted last week, was adapted from the cookbook, Breakfast Comes First and is attributed to Tom Isern. Rhubarb, which is often thought to be a fruit, is actually a vegetable and a modest source of potassium, calcium and Vitamin C.
Come stay with us at Victorian by the Sea B&B and enjoy rhubarb muffins while overlooking Penobscot Bay. Or, try them at home – click here for recipe.