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are these the ferns you can eat?

 
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hey guys these ferns are growing in a flowerbed that was here when we moved in. These ferns get pretty decent size not small like the wild ones I see growing in the bushes. Do you know if they are edible? Thanks for your time!!
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They do look like fiddleheads. If you see brown papery stuff near the heads, you're good. If it's light green fuzz then it's bracken fern and that's no good.
 
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ya they do have a papery coating on them. I seen some fuzzy ones in the bush though and left them cause I always thought if it's fuzzy you can't eat it no mater what it is.
 
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Here's a good article on fiddlehead ferns from the University of Maine:
http://umaine.edu/publications/2540e/
and this:
http://umaine.edu/publications/4198e/
 
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