Fiddleheads are the young shoots of the ostrich fern. They're called a fiddlehead fern because their coiled shape resembles the end of a fiddle. They're dark green and have tiny immature leaves tucked into the coils. These unique veggies are becoming more popular due to their health and culinary benefits. Fiddleheads are rich in nutrition, and many people enjoy their flavor. Their rise in popularity is also due to an increase in public interest of wild edible and medicinal plants.
Fiddleheads have a long history of consumption in many parts of the world. Indigenous groups would gather and eat them in the spring. They sprout only for two weeks, so you have to be quick if you want to find them. Fiddleheads grow in the colder parts of North America, Europe, and Asia. The exact time and place of harvest in each of these countries is different. In the last decade, many grocery stores have started selling fiddleheads, often those collected locally.
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