Time for the Fiddle Head Fern Recipe. You Asked.

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. fiddlehead fern

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 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.

I first had them at a little restaurant in Vermont some years ago.

Recipe from Fearless Eating Blog

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, 2016

By | 2017-07-10T16:10:07+00:00 May 2nd, 2016|Minna's Favorite recipes|6 Comments


  1. Honey May 2, 2016 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Oh yum!
    One of my favorites!
    We will be over at 6 tonite!
    Great bone structure by the way!

    • Ed May 2, 2016 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      Yum in many ways, Eh? Now that you said you’re coming, you’d better!

  2. Jack Craven May 2, 2016 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Although I am a 100 IRISH and my is Italian Ed, I will try this recipe. Love greens with olive oil and garlic. Thanks for the recipe. ????

    • Ed May 2, 2016 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      Jack, you will eat a loaf of bread with them. Happy Dunking!

  3. Dennis Smith May 2, 2016 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    They are also common in the North West. In fact, we harvest them in our own yard.

    • Ed May 2, 2016 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Lucky you. Nice to hear from you, Dennis.

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