Stock Photo Description
Stock photo of Fiddlehead Fern frond (known as Warabi in Japanese) emerging from the forest floor in the forest surrounding Togakushi in the mountains of central Japan. The Fiddlehead Fern sprouts during spring after the winter snows have melted and is a wild food of Japan. Commonly consumed and taken as a wild food which is foraged from the temperate montane forests and eaten when young roughly at around the size and age of the one we can see in this macro photo. Fiddlehead Fern frond sprouts need to be picked before unfurling when still succulent and the stems flexible not rigid and should be soaked overnight in ash water to take out any bitter taste after which they are a delicious free natural food.