I first tried fiddlehead ferns last year for the first time and was somewhat reluctant to try them. Not something you see in your everyday grocery store. Not knowing what to expect, but surprised at the taste, a mix between asparagus and spinach, was really flavorful.
Fiddlehead ferns can be found in the springtime growing in the forest and in damp shaded environments. Nutritionally they are packed full of vitamins including: protein, Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Niacin, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
Not to be eaten raw, they need to be boiled until tender first and then can be fried, sauteed or baked. We made a tasty meal of sauteed fiddleheads in garlic, mushrooms and olive oil, with gluten free pasta and vegan Parmesan cheese for me and a squeeze of lemon. Nutritious and tasty.
Again, do not eat anything you pick wild or raw unless you are sure you know what you are eating. Fiddlehead ferns can also be ordered online through specialty suppliers.