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Is this fiddlehead and is it edible?  RSS feed

 
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It looks different from the pictures of edible fiddleheads that i have found online, it is from a fern though...

Does anyone know if these are edible?

Thanks!
Meyer
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It is a fiddlehead, but it's not the kind I eat.  I've seen those, or a very similar looking fern, here in Canada.  This is what I eat:



I'm sure someone will let us know if yours are edible.
 
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I've never known of any with a fuzzy or furry sort out brown outer layer to be edible.  The best type that I know of are Ostrich fern, which appears to be what Timothy shared a photo of.  They can have a thin brown papery layer, but not fuzzy like your photo seems to have.  The Ostrich fern fiddleheads are delicious though so it's worth continuing to hunt and identify!
 
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They are volunteers in my garden.  Looking online i found images and info on the Ostrich fern too, i don't want to risk with an unidentified variety... Maybe someone else recognizes this variety?
 
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Good call Meyer.  It's unclear that other fiddleheads are ok to eat and there are reports of cancer from eating some fern's fiddleheads.  Personally I avoid species other than the ostrich fern.
 
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Can't tell from the images you posted, if you remove the fuzz, gently, and the stalk of the fern is u-shaped (deep groove on the inside), then you may have edible ferns that many refer to as fiddleheads. If the stalk is fully round , toss them out. (For what it's worth, that is what I have learned, please use your own discretion!) edited to say: after a second look at the pics, I do not think those are "edible fiddleheads."
 
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