poetry and prose about place

fiddlehead season in New Brunswick

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This time of year in New Brunswick, the fields and riversides are turning green. The leaves of the alders are the size of a mouse’s ear and that means fishing in the streams. The small leaves of the red maples are like green stars against a blue sky. And bouquets of fiddlehead ferns are unfolding in the wet meadows and along the shores.


Fiddleheads, the young coiled leaf fronds of the Ostrich fern (Matteuccia Struthiopteris (L.) Tod.), are a local delicacy in New Brunswick. Steamed, with a pat of butter, they are the perfect vegetable for a spring meal. Fiddleheads are one of the edible wild plants featured in my book ‘within easy reach’ (Chapel Street Editions). I will be launching my book at 7 pm on June 9, 2016 at Westminster Books in Fredericton. If you live in the Fredericton area, I would be so happy to see you there!


For more information on the fiddlehead, see


Fiddleheads along the Saint John River in the Grand Lake Meadows


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  1. Wish I could be there for your book launch, Jane. Enjoy your fiddleheads. I don’t know if they have them this far south or not.

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    May 19, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    • Hi Robin. It’s one disadvantage of making friends on the Blog … they can’t be here to celebrate with you!!!! I know they eat fiddleheads in Maine. The web says Ostrich fern occurs as far south as Connecticut. Jane


      jane tims

      May 19, 2016 at 12:45 pm

  2. Just had our first Fiddleheads last week: Spring magic.

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    May 18, 2016 at 8:11 am

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