You guys know what a fiddlehead was but dumb ol' me had to google it.
For folks who don't know, check out this video. Because there are other types of fern's that might be mistaken for a fiddlehead and some of these can make you sick, it's a good idea to know what to look for.
Pick the right ones if you come up. Ostrich ferns are the only ones up here with concave stems. Round stems will make you wish you had not tried them.
Also....please. If you pick fiddleheads only pick a few from each plant. They only make so many each spring. If you don't leave half the plant will die.
I used to go with my mother, father, and grand father each spring and pick them. we and every body back then 1950 would be out and gather them. yes they are the best boiled up. every one here in RHODE ISLAND called them BREAKS, I think be cause they were the first to BREAK THE SOIL. on my first trip out when I shoed my batch, my mother said you can't eat them, what you picked was indeed FERNS., NON EDIBILE. my mother would put salt& pepper and butter on them as good as a steak, back in the day. we also ate DANDILIONS. those days were simpler and people ate what was called COMFORT FOOD.
And...Poke, don't forget to pick Poke early. The longer red colored leaves (6 in>) are red veined and can make you sick. Some people boil the leaves three times before eating. Mix with Chickweed and two fresh eggs...good eat'en!