I once almost died over these things. I was 9 months pregnant with my daughter and I decided to go for a short walk down to our brook to see how the fiddle heads were doing. Well stupid me...really I don't think my brain was in my head at this point or else I would have clued into the fact that we had a bad rainfall during the night and something had blocked our culvert...so the stream had backed up and the road had become a dam...where once was a cute...trickly 3 foot wide brook ..now was a lake of 100 ft across and at least 30 feet deep. Anyways I checked the fiddle heads and then climbed back up the embankment .....just as I reached the top...I heard this thunderous crack and turned around to see the entire road disappear... the wall of water smashed the trees and my poor fiddle heads to bits with tons of boulders.
Anyways...no biggie..I lived!
Just wash the fiddle heads with loads of fresh water and I always soak everything in 1/2cup vinegar for 15 minutes. Drain the greens and blanch for 5 minutes...drain once again and fry them up with butter...hing...salt and pepper. Some people think that they taste like asparagus....I'd think more like mushrooms or something equally earthy.
I noticed that they sell for about 5 dollars a lb. at the store.