Fern
(Athyrium esculentum)

Fern

Selection

Pick young leaves in the center of the plant. Can be found attached to tree trunks.

Storage

Keep refrigerated.

Preparation

  • Wash plants well before use.
  • Young leaves and stems can be eaten fresh as a salad or cooked in soups and stews as a green vegetable.
  • (Rody, 1982)

Photo Source

Ahmad Fuad Morad

Fern

Ferns typically grow wild and include tree fern, creeping/climbing fern, and river fern. Sizes and shapes vary, but all can be eaten. Traditionally, ferns are cooked with pig meat in an earth oven (Bailey, 1992).

Traditional Names
  • Hawaiian – kupukupu
  • Kosraean – fa
  • Marshallese – baidrik
  • Yapese – gemaarage