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

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When cooked properly, young bracken fronds, called fiddleheads, are a delicacy in many countries. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ötzi the Iceman’s last meal shows how Copper Age people ate on the run," 13 July 2018 Dredge the fiddleheads in the remaining ¼ cup of cornstarch and shake off the excess. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Fiddlehead Tempura With Sriracha Creme Fraiche," 18 May 2018 Then the big trumpet mushrooms with fiddleheads, another spring specialty. Sarah Fritsche,, "Best new restaurants and bars to visit in the Mission right now," 17 June 2018 Hazel and her father make dandelion kimchi and fiddlehead soup. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: The Many-Storied Past," 6 Apr. 2018 Leg of lamb with fiddlehead ferns took on an exotic, earthy sweetness from a gluten-free sauce thickened with pureed red rice. Craig Laban,, "Bibou has earned my trust to cook what they want," 9 Dec. 2017 Philadelphia chef Michael Solomonov has offered gefilte fish escabeche with fiddleheads and artichokes as a Passover special. Lucette Lagnado, WSJ, "‘I Still Have Nightmares.’ The Dicey Future of Jarred Gefilte Fish," 18 Sep. 2017 And even the completely unknown, like fiddlehead ferns. CBS News, "Restaurants making vegetables the star of the meal," 10 July 2017 The chef, Jason Aldous, forages and then finesses hyper-fresh ingredients — fiddlehead ferns, ramps, organic duck eggs, local oysters — into dishes that highlight the crisp brine of the waters and earthiness of the terroir. Amy Tara Koch, New York Times, "Summer Vacation, Minus the Traffic: 5 Alternatives to Popular Trips," 23 June 2017

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1882, in the meaning defined above

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