Flower or Vegetable?

IMG_20150502_123151My husband and I bought our new home a few months ago when there was still snow on the ground, so everything that’s sprouting up in our yard now is new to us. (Yes, spring has finally arrived in NH!) Last week, these funny looking things started growing in and around our perennial garden and I thought they might be a special type of flower. But, as they started multiplying a little too quickly, I remembered…

Fiddlesticks. No, no, wait a minute–I mean fiddleheads. Not a flower, either, but a vegetable.

Is that what these are? (I’m still not sure.)

I know a lot of people eat fiddleheads. A long time ago, a friend gave me some to sample after picking them from the side of a road. I was so afraid to eat them, though, so I didn’t. For some reason, if I don’t plant the vegetable myself (or buy it in a grocery store or at a farm stand), I’m afraid it might not be edible.

I’ve heard that fiddleheads taste like asparagus and I love asparagus (especially broiled with garlic olive oil and sea salt). My vegetarian son and daughter in law say they’re delicious too. Hmmm, maybe I should try them after all.

I don’t know, though. What do you think?

(Again, is that what these are?)

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