Fiddlehead Fern, Fougère d'Allemagne, Fougère Autruche, Fougère à l'Autruche, Fougère de l'Autruche, Fougère Plume d'Autruche, Garden Fern, Hardy Fern, Helecho de Pluma de Avestruz, Matteuccia struthiopteris, Matteucie Fougère-à-l'Autruche, Osmunda struthiopteris, Ptérétide Noduleuse, Struthioptéride Germanique.
People use ostrich fern as a gargle for sore throat.
Ostrich fern is sometimes applied directly to the skin for wounds and boils.
In foods, fiddleheads are regarded as a seasonal delicacy. They are available canned, frozen, or fresh. Fresh fiddleheads must be boiled at least 10 minutes before eating. Otherwise they can cause severe food poisoning.
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