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Are Fiddleheads Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 14, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Are they Paleo? They're not specifically excluded but Wikipedia claims that there's suspected to be an unknown toxin in them, they should never be eaten raw and the liquid discarded, and they're only edible during a small window. Sounds a lot like legumes, no?

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I found them in the supermarket actually. There weren't any warnings about safety so I assumed I cook and then season them. I guess I survived.

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Paleo in the sense that they are a traditional food stuff...yes

However, even people who know how to prepare them properly still get poisoned every so often, so proceed with caution. I'd consider them to be a survival food when the risk of poisoning could be weighed against the risk of starvation.

The intensity of toxins vs. nutrients varies widely in foraged greens, so make sure you are with someone who knows what they are doing, and is familiar with area, a fiddlehead in my backyard could be very different from one in the Hoh rainforest or your backyard. I see them occasionally at the farmer's market and that might be a safer bet from picking them yourself if they come from a proven patch.

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on May 14, 2012
at 08:49 PM

I found them in the supermarket actually. There weren't any warnings about safety so I assumed I cook and then season them. I guess I survived.

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University of Maine has good information and is far more reliable than Wikipedia~: http://umaine.edu/publications/4198e/

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Can you fish, hunt or forage them? Then they're paleo.

There are nutrients in wild foods that are not common or available in farmed foods; know your source and take advantage of seasonal bounty. Just like always.

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