Here’s a sautéed fiddleheads recipe you haven’t tried before.
In 30 years shooting for Down East, contributing photographer Douglas Merriam has been sworn to secrecy before. Last time, it was by duck hunters protecting a favorite hunting ground; this time, it was multiple folks from Michael Burke’s feature on fiddleheads. “From the owner of the processing plant, worried about trade secrets, to the picker, who didn’t want me disclosing his foraging spot, there was an air of secrecy about the whole thing,” Merriam says. He made out okay. A longtime chronicler of Maine’s farm- and forage-to-table scene, he left with a pile of freshly harvested fiddleheads and made this magnificent salad.