The young, unfurled shoots of several types of ferns are a much-prized early spring vegetable. Their high price reflects the fact that they’re wild, delicate, and highly perishable, plus the season is short. Fiddleheads have a “grassy, nutty” flavor similar to that of asparagus and green beans. Clean them carefully before blanching them in boiling water, shocking them in an ice bath, and briefly sautéing them in butter.
Fiddleheads: Forest Fern
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