In specified areas of Fukushima prefecture there are also restrictions on the distribution of raw unprocessed milk, turnips, bamboo shoots, ostrich ferns
and shiitake mushrooms, and restrictions on the distribution and consumption of specific non-head type and head-type vegetables (e.g.
Preliminary observations on the development of buds on the rhizomes of the ostrich fern
(Matteuccia struthiopteris Tod.).
Fiddleheads (crosiers) of the ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) are a seasonal delicacy harvested commercially in the northeastern United States and in coastal provinces of Canada.
Editorial Note: The ostrich fern was a spring vegetable for American Indians of eastern North America and became part of the regular diet of settlers to New Brunswick in the late 1700s .
Although some ferns may be carcinogenic , the ostrich fern has been considered to be safe to eat either raw or cooked [5-9].
Although the ostrich fern accumulates some heavy metals , the symptoms reported in these outbreaks were not characteristic of heavy metal poisoning, and it is unlikely that absorption of heavy metals occurred at two different sites.
There are three main species of edible ferns in North America: ostrich fern Matteucia strutbiopteris, lady fern Atbyrium filix-femina, and bracken fern Pteridium aquilinum.
When people say "fiddlehead fern" they are most often talking about the ostrich fern. This is the species often available in produce markets and sometimes even on the menus of fine restaurants.
Ostrich fern is easy to gather in great quantities and for that reason has long been a popular green to store up for the winter by canning, a tradition that I still carry on.
Cinnamon Fern--Growing two to four feet tall in full shade to full sun, and in dry or moist soil, the leaves are medium green, deeply toothed and not as wide as the Ostrich Fern
. The characteristic that gives this plant its name is a medium brown branch that grows from the center of the crown and resembles a large cinnamon stick.
For somewhat damper conditions where there is plenty of space, the Ostrich Fern
(Matteuchia pensylvanica) will grow well.
Other shapely ferns include the Shuttlecock or Ostrich fern
(Matteuccia struthiopteris) that sends out underground stems to create limegreen plumes.
The ostrich fern
produces a number of graceful, fine-textured fronds from a common rootstock.
It's easy to imagine dinosaurs at the Liard Hot Springs: a lambeosaurus, perhaps, or an amblydactylus, placidly nibbling the fiddleheads of giant ostrich ferns
in the steamy jungle of northern British Columbia.
Taking a dip in the freezing water, I see that it is a watery field of ostrich ferns
. Dotted along the river during the day, the single bright yellow flower of the rare lumme lily, like a large buttercup, bobs independently above its broad green leaves.