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Fiddlehead Fern  The unfurled, sterile leaves, which first appear above ground during the spring, are rolled and circular in shape. At this stage of development, they are referred to as 'fiddleheads' or 'croziers'. These fiddleheads are especially prized in the northeastern United States, where they are collected, sold, and eaten as gourmet food.  Geotagged,Matteuccia struthiopteris,Ostrich fern,Spring,United States,crozier,fern,fiddlehead fern,ostrich fern Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Fiddlehead Fern

The unfurled, sterile leaves, which first appear above ground during the spring, are rolled and circular in shape. At this stage of development, they are referred to as 'fiddleheads' or 'croziers'. These fiddleheads are especially prized in the northeastern United States, where they are collected, sold, and eaten as gourmet food.

    comments (4)

  1. Yummy! Did you make dinner!? Posted 2 months ago
    1. Well, no. I wasn't 100% sure of the ID at the time. Also, I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to foraging for wild edibles. There are only a few things that I will actually gather and consume. Posted 2 months ago
  2. Bravo!!! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Thanks :) Posted 2 months ago

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''Matteuccia'' is a genus of ferns with one species, ''Matteuccia struthiopteris'' . It is a crown-forming, colony-forming plant, occurring in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in central and northern Europe, northern Asia, and northern North America. The species epithet ''struthiopteris'' comes from Ancient Greek words, ''struthio'' meaning ostrich and ''pterion'' meaning wing.

It grows from a completely vertical crown, favoring riverbanks and sandbars, but sends out lateral.. more

Similar species: Polypodiales
Species identified by Christine Young
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By Christine Young

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Uploaded May 17, 2018. Captured May 1, 2018 12:37 in 3280 Franklin Ave, Millbrook, NY 12545, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/5.0
  • 1/395s
  • ISO100
  • 100mm