Fiddleheads (Ostrich Fern - Matteuccia struthiopteris)
photo by: Ken Watson, 2001

A tasty spring treat is the fiddlehead, the first growth of the large Ostridge fern. They sprout from the ground in late April and early May, a rich emerald green, the tightly curled fronds partly covered by a papery brown husk. Picked when only a few inches high, before they start to uncurl, fiddleheads are tasty steamed as a vegetable or in a salad. They are found throughout the Rideau region.

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