Fiddlehead fern also called Matteuccia Struthiopteris. The best area to plant these would be in hardy planting zones 4-11. They typical growth rate of them is 3 feet per year. They fiddleheads are actually the frond of a young fern. If they were left on the plant, they would unroll into a new frond. You want to pick them when they are young and not too old, the older they are, the tougher they are. Typically, they are harvested early on in the season. When they are normally cut, they are cut close to the ground as well. Fiddlehead fern is a culinary in most places. They can be found in a lot French, Asian, and Indian cuisines. They are great for their high antioxidant activity. They are also a great source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Some other great nutrients that these provide is iron and fiber which it is high in. The fern fiddles can be cut fresh up into salads or placed on your plate for a pleasant taste on your meal. The fern has a distinct taste, and too many is relaxing and pleasant.
This fern has a curved crook neck that makes the look of this fern look very different than others. It tastes similar to asparagus but sweeter. They can grow well against ostrich ferns. They provide greenery when you may not have it. It prefers full shade to partial shade and can grow anywhere it gets regular water. The fiddlehead can be cooked like asparagus or steamed.
Ships As – Bareroot Plant