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May 8, 2012 11:43 AM

Fiddlehead Ferns?

My backyard is full of ferns that look just like this right now. Is there something else they could be, or should I be harvesting instead of posting questions?

Here are the actual ferns, sorry so blurry.

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  1. I don't think those are the right ferns. From the look of the leaves, the appear to be a different type of fern. I've been picking fiddleheads for about 30 years so I do know what I'm talking about. There are so many different types of ferns and some of them aren't safe to eat. Actually what is interesting is that quite a few of the pictures on the link you posted are not proper fiddleheads at all - they may be called fiddleheads from the shape of the sprout, but they are definitely not all edible fiddleheads. Sorry.

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    1. re: Nyleve

      Thanks, that's what I needed to know. I love the fact that the ferns grow wild all over my yard, don't really need to eat them, especially if there's a chance of poisoning!

      1. re: coll

        They are lovely - enjoy them without consuming. Glad I was able to step in front of the bus for you.