I just had them for the first time recently in Maine.
Tasted like asparagus to me. I would definitely eat them again.
I agree that fiddleheads taste similar to asparagus, though how you cook them can make a big difference in how they taste--for good or ill. They are a real sign of spring, and, like locally-grown asparagus, only are around for a short time. They are available here in Maine in smaller grocery stores (like IGAs) and maybe larger ones, too, like Hannaford and Shaw's. Or, if you have some land and know where they grow, you can pick your own. A friend of mine had so many she froze some and maybe canned them, too. They are very nutrient-rich and yummy. This same friend demonstrated how to cook them for a church women's meeting years ago, and she served them to us very simply, steamed with butter, salt, and pepper. My first taste of them ever. A week or so later I went to a Camden restaurant (Peter Ott's), and they were on the menu as a vegetable special. Much fancier presentation and just as good as my friend's. My mother had never had them before the Camden meal, which is strange to me. She did harvest and cook dandelion greens from the lawn every spring before the mowing season began!
post edited by JB-ME - 2014/08/10 14:44:09