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Old 02-20-2013, 09:06 PM   #1
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Have you ever tried Dryopteris filis max?

Today I will prepare fried Dryopteris, it's a fern. We call it 'dheki shak' in India.

I should have given the photo before chopping the fern. Now I will fry it in mustard oil.

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Old 02-20-2013, 09:22 PM   #2
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Today I will prepare fried Dryopteris, it's a fern. We call it 'dheki shak' in India.

I should have given the photo before chopping the fern. Now I will fry it in mustard oil.
You've stumbled on a gold mine, Radhuni! Here they're call "fiddleheads" , and hard to find! We will have to look for them in the woods after the snow storm goes by and the ground thaws. If you have a recipe, please post it.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:30 AM   #3
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It is common here but more common in my husbands place (upper Assam - near Himalaya mountain and with heavy rainfall throughout the year). You can find lots of this fern, my mother-in-laws garden full of 'fiddleheads'.

I know several recipes with fiddlehead, the best one is fiddlehead prepare with pork. It has a wild and stinging taste and it is also very easy to prepare.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:43 AM   #4
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Do you want dryopteris? I can send it to you if the postal charge is not high, let find the postal charge.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:51 AM   #5
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Are you sure? Those don't look the fiddleheads I have had. I have only had them half a dozen times though and never picked them.

The scientific name I found for them is Matteuccia struthhiopteris
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I had to copy/paste the name.There was no way!
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Are you sure? Those don't look the fiddleheads I have had. I have only had them half a dozen times though and never picked them.

The scientific name I found for them is Matteuccia struthhiopteris
I don't know whether it is fiddlehead or not but I am sure it is Dryopteris filis-max.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:43 AM   #8
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This part of a fern is a fiddlehead. It's the start of a new fern frond and if left alone it will grow into a "branch". Fiddleheads come from various fern types.

It looks like Radhuni is cooking the entire fern green.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:26 PM   #9
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Interesting. here's a note about safety with fiddle heads and a video
The University of Maine - Cooperative Extension Publications - Bulletin #4198, Facts on Fiddleheads








Stay safe - and make certain you know what you're eating.

I'm thinking that the OPs ferns are more like the Sword fern (Nephrolepis cordifolia) which can be eaten, including the tubers under the ground.
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Both of those names sound like fishing flies to me. I pick fiddle heads occasionally. We have only one kind of fern around here. They are tasty.

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