Fiddleheads season is now over!
- but you can also try our Dried Fiddlehead Flakes or Powder for your cooking adventures!
What are Fiddleheads?
All ferns can be called Fiddleheads, but only the Ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthioteris) is considered to be edible. In the spring (late April through May), the tender curled heads of the fern are picked just after it makes its appearance out of the husk that houses the fronds.
This is a picture of the dried fertile fronds of the Ostrich fern after it has released its spore. Unlike other types of ferns that dry up and fall to the ground, the fertile fronds of the Ostrich fern will remain standing for years. These fronds are sometimes harvested for dried floral decorations. When searching for Fiddleheads in the spring, we look for these standing fronds as indicators to tell us that there are fresh Fiddleheads in that area.