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Fiddlehead Fern - Matteuccia Struthiopteris Hardy Planting Zones- 3-9 Sun or Shade – Light to Full Shade Mature Height - 36-72" Mature Width- 60-96" Bloom Season – Not a flowering plant Gardener Status- Beginner

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Fiddlehead Fern - Matteuccia Struthiopteris

Anyone who's ever tried fiddlehead ferns can attest that they might be one of spring's best creations. Despite what some might think, fiddlehead ferns are not a specific species of fern. Instead, they're the young offspring of several species, including the Ostrich, Western Sword, and Bracken ferns. The good news, for many people who live in shady or semi-shaded areas, is that these species of fern prefer to live in the dark, damp, swampy areas where most plants wouldn't usually survive. If you live in a place with such conditions, it means you can now have a tasty and beautiful garden in the least expected areas.

Fiddlehead ferns derive their name from their appearance, which resembles the eloquent curled end of a violin. Fiddlehead ferns are also called “crozier” after their similar appearance to a bishop's curved staff. Fiddlehead ferns are plucked early in the season when they're still curled and before the parent plant reaches its full height. In the United States, fiddleheads are harvested and used for cooking in recreational and commercial kitchens. Fiddleheads are prized for their rich flavor and nutritional content, including high levels of essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6. They're also high in fiber and iron. Fiddlehead ferns have been harvested by North Americans for centuries to add to meals. Recently they've also appeared as a gourmet delicacy on high-end restaurant menus. Ideally, fiddlehead ferns are jade-green. They should not have started to uncoil before being picked, and they should not be brown. They should also be smooth and free of fuzz, which can irritate the throat and create a choking hazard.

People who enjoy fiddlehead ferns will be glad to know that growing ferns is quite easy. Ferns do best in plant hardiness zones 3 through 7, as established by the USDA. Ferns will grow to mature height of 3-6 feet. They'll have a ground cover of about the same width. Along with being a beautiful and elegant addition to any shaded garden, they're also a quick and easy source of delicious natural food.

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Fiddlehead fern, also known as fiddlehead green, is the common name for a variety of ornamental ferns. Many of this beautiful species are edible and harvested and used as a vegetable. Health benefits include antioxidant properties, a high source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and high fiber and iron content. If leaves remain on the plant, each head of the Fiddlehead Fern will uncoil into a new petal. Since harvesting takes place in early spring before the fronds have the chance to fully open, they are cut quite close to ground level. They can be harvested in the spring if you would like to test their tastiness!