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Bird’s nest fern (Asplenium australasicum)

The tasty, edible fronds of this epiphyte are rich in vitamin C. The crop can be grown in pots or in the field and harvested throughout the growing season.

Production of bird’s nest fern under shade.

Common Names
Bird’s nest fern, crow’s nest fern (En); asplénie cétérach, cétérach officinal (Fr); 南洋山蘇花, 南洋巢蕨 (Cn)

Plant Distribution
East and Southeast Asia

Edible Parts
Tender leaves are eaten stir-fried, boiled, or steamed.

Health Values
Ascorbic acid: extremely high; calcium: low; iron: low; protein: 2.8%. Leaves contain kaempferol glucosides.

Read more: Bird’s nest fern, in Discovering Indigenous Treasures: Promising Indigenous Vegetables from Around the World. 2009. AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center.