Foraging: Lady Ferns

Lady Fern Fronds

My new favorite wild food this year is Lady Fern, and right now it’s just starting to spring out of the ground. This easy to identify, easy to cook, tasty wild treat will be in prime harvesting season for the next two to four weeks. Any of the voluminous field guides on plants in the Northwest will be able to help you competently tell lady fern apart from its sister species. The easiest fern to mistake it for is Bracken Fern, which is also sprouting…

Fiddlehead Ferns With Peppers and Pasta

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A very light and tasty dish made with the Fiddleheads we harvested from some Lady Ferns by Heart Lake. INGREDIENTS Approximately 40 Fiddleheads pre-boiled 1 tbsp Sea Salt 2 tbsp Minced Garlic 1/4 each Yellow and Orange bell peppers; sliced 10 Medium Mushrooms; sliced 4 tbsp Grapeseed Oil 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar 2 tbsp Dried Crushed Basil 1/2 lb Linguine Pasta   DIRECTIONS: In a medium saucepan, bring 2 quarts of water to boil. Add Fiddleheads and salt. Boil for one minute, drain and rinse…

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