If you haven't done so already, I strongly recommend wandering over to Unstuffed to read all about the wild foraging course she is attending.
In her first class this week, she learned about fiddleheads (among other things). Apparently you can tell the edible ones (the Ostrich ferns) from the others by the deep groove they have in the stems.
I have always wondered if the ferns I have in my backyard were edible. So I had a look and, yep, deep groove in the stems. Woot!
Unfortunately most of them were too far gone:
However I found this one hidden under the fence (some of them were too small to pick but some were perfect). And I found a few others that were just right in bundles of ones that were too far gone.
I found enough in fact to make a small snack. Here's the end result after boiling and tossing in butter and some chopped chives (also from the garden).
They were delicious!
Thanks Unstuffed. Looking forward to learning more. :)