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thxa:lem (Sword Ferns)

Sword ferns can be found in damp, low-elevation forests. The fronds (branches) of the fern can reach a height of 60 centimetres. The main edible portion of the sword fern is the rhizome, which is usually cooked over hot coals prior to consumption. These rhizomes are collected in the early spring, prior to the development of the fiddleheads. Interestingly, these fern rhizomes are viewed as starvation food, as they are far less appealing than other fern rhizomes. Sword ferns are also used as liners and padding, and have similar uses to the finished cedar mat, such as a sleeping surface or berry drying area.

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