Learn about this Boiled Fern Stems Recipe and how you can use this free wild food in a nutritious, delicious 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.
At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.95 (USA only).
You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.