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Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on May 20, 2006.
Also known as ‘crosier’, after the curved staff used by bishops, this is the vegetable that announces the advent of spring.
It is a young fern rolled up in a tight spiral that has to be picked before it unfurls and become inedible. Select ferns that are tightly rolled up, firm and green with brown scales. To remove these scales, rub the coils in cold water, wash under running water and soak for 10 minutes.
Important: Fiddleheads should only be consumed after cooking.
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