Sometimes called the ostrich fern, these
shoots are a rich green color and are normally about 5 cm / 2 in long.
They have an unusual flavor, something like a cross between asparagus
and okra, and have a slightly chewy texture, which makes them a popular
choice for oriental dishes.
Preparing and Cooking
To prepare and cook, trim the ends and then
steam or simmer in a little water or saute in butter until tender. Use
in salads or serve as a first course with a Hollandaise sauce.