Boiled Fern Stems Recipe

This Boiled Fern Stems Recipe uses wild edible fern stems to create this satisfying dish.

| May/June 1971

Learn about this Boiled Fern Stems Recipe and how you can use this free wild food in a nutritious, delicious recipe.

Boiled Fern Stems Recipe

The two species of ferns that I depend on for food are the common bracken fern (Pteridium Aquilinum) and cinnamon fern (Osmunda Cinnamona). So far as I know there are no poisonous ferns if the new shoots only are eaten.

I prepare these plants by pulling the shoots between my fingers to strip away the "wool" and then boiling the stalks in salted water for a few minutes until they're tender. Serve like asparagus with salt and melted butter.

Read more about finding wild edible foods: Foraging for Wild Edible Food.

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