10 Edible Ferns that You Must Add to Your Dishes

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Who knew ferns can be edible too? Yes, you heard that right! Here are the most tasty ones you can eat!

What if you have the best of both worlds – a classy foliage plant that you can also add to your platter! Sounds delicious? Keep reading!

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Edible Ferns

1. Mother Spleenwort Fern

Edible Ferns that You Must Add to Your Dishes

Botanical Name: Asplenium bulbiferum

Edible Parts: Fiddleheads (young, tightly coiled new fronds).

You have to be ready with your platter before this one matures! Blanch or steam the young fronds to take away the bitterness and then you are ready! Add a dollop of butter, throw in some sliced garlic and add to omelettes! It tastes yummy!

2. Bracken Fern

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Botanical Name: Pteridium aquilinum

Edible Parts: Young shoots.

Again, this one’s taste the best when young but there’s a catch. You have to cook the shoots properly to take away the carcinogenic compounds. Once done, add them to Asian cuisines, stir-fries or serve as a side dish.

3. Western Sword Fern

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Botanical Name: Polystichum munitum

Edible Parts: Rhizomes and fronds.

See those circular parts in the roots – they are tasty and you can roast them to add in your favourite dishes! You can also cook the fronds but make sure to boil them proper to take away the bitter taste.

4. Asian Royal Fernferns that are used as edible dishes

Botanical Name: Osmunda japonica

Edible Parts: Young shoots.

The shoots of these ferns are quite popular in both Japanese and Korean dishes. For the best taste, blanch and serve with seasonings. You can also add them to soups after boiling.

5. Ostrich FernBest Edible Ferns in kitchen

Botanical Name: Matteuccia struthiopteris

Edible Parts: Fiddleheads.

If you are someone who enjoys a little nutty flavor in the dishes, this fern will be your favorite! Boil and stir fry its fronds – add them to salads, stir-fries, or simply relish them sautéed.

6. Lady Fern Edible Ferns which are non toxic

Botanical Name: Athyrium filix-femina

Edible Parts: Young fronds.

The young leaves of these plants have a very mild flavor, which makes them perfect for salads, soups or meat dishes. Slightly boil and the sauté them before consumption.

7. Royal FernEdible Ferns that You Must Add to Your Dishes

Botanical Name: Osmunda regalis

Edible Parts: Young shoots.

Like every other fern on the list, this too has potential toxins in the leaves, so boiling properly before consumption is essential. It has a mild taste and you can add them to salads and soups.

8. Cinnamon Fern

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Botanical Name: Osmundastrum cinnamomeum

Edible Parts: Fiddleheads.

The best part about its leaves is they offer a distinct peppery flavor! After sautéing them, add to soups or simply stir fry.

9. Christmas FernEdible Ferns that You Must Add to Your Dishes 3

Botanical Name: Polystichum acrostichoides

Edible Parts: Leaves, young fiddleheads.

Its leaves can replace some of your favorite veggies like spinach or lettuce! As they have a very mild flavor, you can add them to any dish of your choice and the fiddleheads will take the taste!

10. Asparagus densiflorus ‘Sprengeri’Asparagus densiflorus edible fern

Botanical Name: Asparagus densiflorus ‘Sprengeri’

Edible Parts: Leaves, young fiddleheads.

We have added it to the last because it is not a true fern, however, it looks a lot like one! Like every other plant on this list, you need to boil and cook it proper before adding it to any veggies of your choice.

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