Having grown up in Aroostook County, some of my earliest memories were of going fiddleheading every Spring with my Dad and uncles.


Many hands made light work. We would trudge along river banks to find the delicate, edible fern known as the fiddlehead. We'd pluck them from the stem and lug them home in a plastic shopping bag, only to dump them out again over a metal screen to hose them down and make sure they were clean enough to cook and eventually eat.

The good thing about fiddleheads is that you can freeze them and have them to eat almost year round. Personally, I like mine with lots of butter and vinegar.

Some people, however, do not like the delicious fern. In fact, some almost go out of their way to avoid it.

Just an FYI, did you know that that fiddleheads are actually good for you? Fiddleheads contain various vitamins and minerals, as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. They are a source of antioxidants and dietary fiber. They are low in sodium, but rich in potassium, which may make them suitable for people who need a low-sodium diet.

Happy fiddleheading, my friends!