Fiddleheads (ゼンマイ?, lit.: "Osmunda japonica") are plants in Pikmin 2 which resemble the head of a violin due to their twisted stem and curling head, hence their name. In real life, fiddleheads are the furled fronds of young ferns, and in Pikmin 2, they are common in watery or damp environments and are used as scenery in many caves. Like real-world ferns, fiddleheads reproduce via the release of spores rather than using pollen and seeds. This is never shown in-game, but is mentioned in Captain Olimar's notes.
“At first glance, this plant resembles the spring used in the ship's sub-light engine. Many of its most primitive characteristics remain intact, including its habit of spreading through the dispersal of spores.”
“Sun-dry the leaves for several days, then grind them with a mortar and pestle. The resulting herb grants an aromatic, earthy flavor to mutton and poultry dishes.”
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