Score! I have some Fiddleheads I picked up at the store yesterday!
Fiddleheads are a very ephemeral thing. For 2 or 3 weeks in the spring the emerging shoots of several types of ferns are available for eating.
Now to me they resemble nothing so much as Asparagus in taste, but perhaps that’s because of my preferred method of preparation about which more shortly. Others notice a hint of Almond, but you couldn’t prove it by me. They’re extremely high in Vitamin A, less so in C, and otherwise have all the good nutritional characteristics you expect from a vegetable.
Personally I don’t recommend picking them wild. I’m not Euell Gibbons and I stay away from toadstools and amateur fugu too. Fortunately they’re available from some grocery stores in season (my local Stop & Shop carries them), you can get them over the internet (www.fiddle-heads.com), and also frozen and canned.