I love fiddlehead ferns and think of them at this time of year when they begin to sprout. The fiddlehead fern is the first green vegetable in the early spring and is unique to our New England area. I first had them at a little restaurant in Vermont some years ago.

From Fearless Eating Blog

From Fearless Eating Blog

Diane buys them at the local Stop and Shop, but they can be found in the woods by foragers who keep the secret of their location much like a mushroom picker might.

Fiddleheads are so named because they look like the carved wood on a violin when the shoot is unfurled.

When they open and grow, they are inedible, but curved like the violin head, they are delicious. Diane simply serves them sautéed in olive oil with a little garlic. She sometimes adds mushrooms which bring out their unique forest flavors. The taste is similar to broccoli rabe.

With Italian bread…..ummm…..what a treat!!

© April, 2015