Fiddlehead ferns are easily collected on the trail and make a delectable dish in camp at night, or at home. They are readily sautéed with a little garlic and butter.
Plan on seeing them any time into May. I’ve picked them fresh while backpacking and made an excellent side dish to go with the evening meal. They taste a lot like asparagus. Here’s a good discussion about how to find, them and prepare them. Read more: Wild Harvest