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Fiddlehead greens

Fiddleheads can be found in much of the United States as well as Europe, Asia, and Canada. Fiddleheads are found in the wild in early spring and are also harvested for use as vegetables. Fiddleheads are the tightly coiled tips of ferns that are eaten cooked.

Fiddleheads are approximately 1 inch in diameter, have a smooth fern stem (not fuzzy), and also a deep “U”-shaped groove on the inside of the fern stem. Fiddleheads are sweet like asparagus, grassy and snappy like a great green bean, with a touch of broccoli stem. Fiddlehead health benefits include protecting from cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Nutritionally, fiddleheads contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and a number of other vitamins. They are high in vitamin A, which is a powerful antioxidant, and also vitamin C. They are also low in calories, fat, and cholesterol.

Fiddlehead ferns are high in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, which are often found in so-called "superfoods." They can be especially good for people who don't eat fish, which are also high in essential fatty acids.

Fiddleheads should never be eaten raw and should always be properly handled and thoroughly cooked. Fiddleheads have been linked to cases of severe food poisoning caused by what is believed to be some sort of toxin in the fiddleheads.
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