Oh, Fiddleheads: Edible Spring Fern Fronds

Named for the ornamental scroll at the end of a violin’s neck, fiddleheads are the beginning of a fern frond of certain fern species and is often considered a springtime delicacy.

Promise of good things to come—the fiddleheads on this plant are just a couple of days away from being ready for harvest. The harvest season in Maine lasts for several weeks, but at any specific location the delicate fronds are at their peak for only a week or two.
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