pta:kwem (Bracken Fern or Brake Fern)

The most common fern in British Columbia, the bracken fern can reach a height of 150 centimetres. The bracken fern is typically found in dry, open forests and low elevation clearings. The main portion of the bracken fern that is consumed is the uncurled 'fiddlehead', which is available in the early spring. The fern rhizome (root) is dug and roasted, preferably in the fall. The starchy internal portion of the fern roots can be ground into flour and made into a small cake.


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