Year of 2017

Fern fiddleheads at Valley Falls Park in Vernon, Connecticut

It’s getting late in the season to forage for fiddleheads in the wild, but you may still be able to find a few of the furled fronds. The new growth of all species of ferns emerges as curled shoots, which will unfurl into full fronds as they grow. Some are edible when harvested at the early stage shown in this photo, and can be prepared and served just like asparagus.

Fiddleheads or fiddlehead greens are the furled fronds of a young fern, harvested for use as a vegetable. Left on the plant, each fiddlehead would unroll into a new frond. As fiddleheads are harvested early in the season before the frond has opened and reached its full height, they are cut fairly close to the ground.