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A fiddlehead, that small plant that grows in the Saint John River Valley in the spring, and which is said to be symbolic of the sun. — Alfred Bailey

The season of the fiddlehead is upon us. The tightly curled young tips of various ferns are called by this name because they resemble the coiled finial of a violin’s neck. In Asia and the Pacific region, many types of fiddleheads are eaten. Japanese varieties include warabi (bracken fern), zenmai (osmund or cinnamon fern) and kogomi (ostrich fern).

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