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Easy Recipe for Boiled Fiddleheads

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By Lona of the Hill People

You can "find the unfurled [fiddlehead] ferns along riverbeds in Maine [or elsewhere along the 45th parallel] in late April, early May," says Lona of the Hill People, who shares this easy recipe for boiling and seasoning fiddleheads.


  • fiddleheads
  • pinch of salt
  • Parkay butter spray


Pretty simple. Take your cleaned fiddleheads, and put them in a pan with a splash of water. Bring to a boil, then shut off the heat source and cover pan. Let stand for about 5 minutes. Then, drain off excess water. There you go. Add a pinch of salt and a spray of butter (we use the Parkay spray, but use real butter if you want).

Basically, cook and use like asparagus. Makes a wicked "cream of" soup. Good for one or two meals a year, as a way to teach your kids how to eat stuff that grows wild, in season.

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Quebec Grown Fiddleheads, Member sierrasolitude

Just wanted to stop by and say that fiddleheads grow wild here in Quebec. In the middle of the St. Lawrence River just off the island of Montreal, there are small islands that you can only get to by boat and these wonderful little veggies grow in abundance in the wild, I notice a difference in the store bought ones and the ones I pick on the island. The island ones are much tastier, only problem is they don't last too long. Adding onions while either frying or towards the end of boiling, gives them a wonderful taste.

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