fiddlehead ferns

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Thu May 16, 2013

Regional Delicacy Fiddlehead Ferns Begin To Sprout in New England

Basket full of fiddlehead ferns.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Fiddleheads are the whimsical, tightly coiled spiral of fern sprouts that push their way up from under the layers of winter debris on the forest floor.

They are also a regional and seasonal delicacy.

Fiddleheads are the whimsical, tightly coiled spiral of fern sprouts that push their way up from under the layers of winter debris on the forest floor. They are also a regional and seasonal delicacy, and their season is incredibly short. In some Southern parts of the state, it may already be over. For any given fiddlehead patch, it can last as little as a week and a half.

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