Edible Plants -- continued

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Bracken Fern, Pasture Brake (Pteridium aquilinum)

"Edible" but cook well--excessive consumption may lead to stomach cancer (has three carcinogens) and disturbs thiamin metabolism

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Ostrich Fern Fiddlehead (Pteretis pensylvanica)

note the "onion skin" covering. They are best when tightly coiled when just emerging from the ground

All ferns should be well-cooked to destroy carcinogenic toxins.

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Fertile frond of the Ostrich Fern (Pteretis pensylvanica)

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Ostrich Fern Fiddlehead (Pteretis pensylvanica)

In upper part of picture note the "onion skin" covering over the fiddlehead. They are best when tightly coiled when just emerging from the ground

All ferns should be well-cooked to destroy carcinogenic toxins.

Note the beautiful orange-cup fungus in lower left corner.

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