St. John River: Fiddleheads
Natural delicacy of the river valley
Fiddleheads are the tightly-spiralled sprouts of ferns. They were harvested
for food by the Maliseet before being adopted by settlers from Europe and the
Fiddleheads grow in rich, moist soil. The fiddlehead plant has a shoot that coils upward
with tightly-coiled leaves that are reminiscent of the tuning head of a violin.
In recent years, these ferny fronds have been harvested commercially, frozen and then shipped
to other parts of North America.
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