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Wednesday, 11 November 2009
More Bracken

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I was surprised to read (/write) recently that braken is carcinogenic. Elsewhere you can find recipes for fern, although they do state:

Some ferns contain carcinogens, and Bracken has been implicated in stomach cancer. Despite this, most people can eat ostrich and cinnamon fern fiddleheads without any problems, and ostrich fern fiddleheads are a traditional dish of New Brunswick. In 1994, there were several instances of food poisoning associated with raw or lightly cooked fiddleheads in New York state and Western Canada. No definitive source of the food poisoning was identified, and authorities recommended thorough cooking of fiddlehead ferns to counteract any possible unidentified toxins in the plant.

 

Posted by bigblue on 11/11/2009 at 07:45 AM
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