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Ostrich fern fiddleheads. Photo by David Fuller.

UMaine Extension’s popular bulletin Facts on Fiddleheads describes how to identify, harvest, cook, and preserve fiddleheads. Recipes included.

Our bulletin Ostrich Fern Fiddleheads includes information on ostrich fern biology, identification, season, sustainable harvesting guidelines, safe handling tips, and marketing considerations.

Related Resources

Dave Fuller, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Agricultural and Non-Timber Forest Products Professional, explains how to identify edible fiddleheads.

Kathie Savoie, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Educator, demonstrates how to freeze fiddleheads.

This work is/was supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, RREA project 228285.