11th December 2019

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Is bracken fern poisonous to humans?

Bracken. The curling fern that seems to spreading like a bad, green rash across moor and heath at an alarming rate is not only spoiling the countryside, but harbours a tick that passes lyme disease to humans, causes poisoning in cattle, horses, sheep and people and its spores are one of the latest cancer suspects.

In this regard, are ferns safe to eat?

Few wild plants are as polarizing as bracken fern, Pteridium aquilinum. That means if you wanted, you could eat bracken fern fiddleheads for four straight months here in California. You could, but you shouldn't. Bracken fern does indeed contain a carcinogen, that much is clear.

What ferns are not edible?

Springtime Edible Treats. Of all the wild edible plants, fiddlehead ferns are some of the most unique and flavorful. Fiddleheads are the unfurled new leaves of a fern. They vary in size, shape and edibility from species to species.
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