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Edible Ferns in SE Tennessee?

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  • tnbearcat137385
    Does anyone know of a species of edible fiddlehead type ferns here in Tennessee. I found some that look like fiddleheads this early spring but don t know if
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 2, 2002
      Does anyone know of a species of edible "fiddlehead" type ferns here
      in Tennessee. I found some that look like fiddleheads this early
      spring but don't know if they are edible.
      Any assist appreciated.
      Bonnie in TN
    • Huntnlady
      I think it means the fiddle head shaped emerging parts of all ferns. I ve eaten western bracken fern and the taste was okay- nothing to write home about.
      Message 2 of 2 , Jun 2, 2002

        I think it means the fiddle head shaped emerging parts of all ferns.  I've eaten western bracken fern and the taste was okay- nothing to write home about.  That was before I found two different information sources that said fiddleheads contain a carcenogen, they should be thoroughly boiled, and if they comprise more than 20% of your diet they can cause stomach cancer.  I decided there's enough other stuff to eat in the woods, I'll leave the fiddleheads alone.

          tnbearcat137385 <rfarner@...> wrote:

        Does anyone know of a species of edible "fiddlehead" type ferns here
        in Tennessee. I found some that look like fiddleheads this early
        spring but don't know if they are edible.
        Any assist appreciated.
        Bonnie in TN



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