fid·​dle·​head | \ ˈfi-dᵊl-ˌhed How to pronounce fiddlehead (audio) \

Definition of fiddlehead

: one of the young coiled fronds of some ferns (such as the ostrich fern) that are often cooked and eaten as a vegetable Before the tightly coiled frond of the young fern uncurls, it is called a fiddlehead because of its resemblance to the scrolled head of a violin.— Maria Kourebanas

called also fiddlehead fern

Examples of fiddlehead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web New asparagus, potatoes, baby artichokes and oddities like fiddlehead ferns or garlic scapes beg to be gently cooked, then drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt, doing the bare minimum to highlight their flavor. Ben Mims, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2021 And now, mid-pandemic, a dinner plate of snails garnished with fiddlehead ferns — a dish Pyles’ team once served at an exclusive tasting room named Fauna — seems like a joke. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 22 July 2020 Watch and listen for wildlife as the garden’s weeping Higan cherry trees sway in the wind along the pond, and follow the path of camellias, artfully pruned pine trees and fiddlehead ferns. Maya Salam, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2020 Black / Brown Chocolate cosmos, pincushion plant, amaranth, fiddleheads, and agonis are all incredible together—a bit moody, yes, but not too somber. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 12 Feb. 2020 Its chef, Shiruhisa-san, is known for his ornate kushikatsu twists, like prawns twined around fiddleheads, butterbur wrapped delicately in tofu, and shiso leaves with flaky whitefish. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Nov. 2019 Wild greens such as fiddlehead, fireweed, nettle, seaweed and sourdock are also high in fiber. Anchorage Daily News, 3 Sep. 2019 At the Scouts’ New England Base Camp this summer, kids are learning how to forage for food, including blueberries to bake in pies, fiddleheads, and acorns. Globe Staff,, 13 Aug. 2019 Think garlic-scape soup, jack fruit tacos with nettle kimchi, pickled fiddleheads and rose-hip jelly. Anchorage Daily News, 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of fiddlehead

1882, in the meaning defined above

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25 Apr 2021

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“Fiddlehead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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