Finding Fiddleheads and Pickled Fiddlehead Recipe

Fiddleheads, a special type of fern frond that resembles the head of a violin, are easily found in the Northwestern U.S. in springtime and are often pickled.

To be safe, accompany an expert local fiddlehead hunter your first time out--he or she can show you the ropes, saving you a potentially dangerous error. My guide, Mike Brooker, shows me what to looks for when hunting the Maine variety--moist, partly shady terrain. The beaver-chewed tree is a nearly fool-proof sign that fiddleheads are to be found here.
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