Bird’s nest fern (Asplenium australasicum)

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.