It’s a fern you can eat. Very popular in Maine.

What you need

  • ~1 lb fiddleheads
  • Minced or crushed garlic. I use 3 cloves, but go nuts
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Black pepper (to taste)

Do this

  • Clean the fiddleheads by rinsing with cold water. Remove any brown stuff and snip the ends
  • Bring a pot of salted/ MSGed water to a boil and cook the fiddleheads for 5 minutes
  • Remove the fiddleheads from the water and pat dry with paper towels so you don’t get spattered with hot butter in the next step
  • Melt butter over medium high heat. Add the fiddleheads and sautée for ~5 minutes, until they start to brown
  • Add the garlic, lemon juice and pepper and cook for another 3 minutes

I don’t know if Stephen King likes fiddleheads, but I am going to assume he does.