Fiddlehead fern facts

Fiddlehead is the young coiled fern which is vibrant green in color. Fiddleheads are considered to possess plentiful amount of iron and fiber. They have coiled head due to which it looks like a fiddle. The taste of Fiddlehead ferns are similar to asparagus and is a good source of Vitamin C and A.

Name Fiddlehead ferns
Scientific Name Matteuccia struthioreris
Common/English Name Ostrich fern, Shuttlecock fern
Plant Growth Habit Perennial
Growing Climate Temperate
Soil Well-drained
Plant Size Above five feet long
Stem U shaped grooved on side of the stem
Stalk Diameter: 4 cm; Height: 10-12 cm
Leaf Pinnate or bipinnate, bright green, Length: 4 feet
Taste Unique
Varieties/Types
  • Ostrich fern
  • Cinnamon and interrupted Fern
  • Lady Fern
  • Bracken Fern
Major Nutritions (Raw) Copper, Cu 0.32 mg (35.56%)
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 4.98 mg (31.13%)
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 26.6 mg (29.56%)
Vitamin A, RAE 181 µg (25.86%)
Manganese, Mn 0.51 mg (22.17%)
Iron, Fe 1.31 mg (16.38%)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.21 mg (16.15%)
Phosphorus, P 101 mg (14.43%)
Protein  4.55 g (9.10%) Magnesium, Mg 34 mg (8.10%)
Health Benefits
  • Assist in growth
  • Maintains cholesterol health
  • Treats cancer
  • Enhance immunity
  • Anti-inflammatory activity
  • Treats eye ailments
  • Bone disorders
  • Treats anemia
  • Cures migraines
  • Digestion
Calories in 1 value (100 gm) Raw 34 Kcal.