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A word of caution!

Tangy and a little sour, its unique taste is sure to get you addicted.

While hiking along paths less taken, you might just find some growing along the way.

They’re hairy and coiled ferns, but beware!

The brown protective hairs that cover the lingri are said to be hallucinogenic and toxic in nature when consumed although, it is safe to eat once it is stripped off them.

Enjoy one of the most famous foods to eat in Himachal Pradesh, freshly plucked and cooked lungri and get your #wanderlust mode on!  

 

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What are its benefits?

For all you health freaks out there, they are also a very good source of vitamin A and vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc and magnesium.

Where to find it?

If you’re backpacking in Bir, head to the local restaurants in the main market!

If you’re backpacking in Manali, head to:

  1. The NoName Place
    Near Manali Public School, Aleo
    Manali, Himachal Pradesh
  2. The Jana Falls Naggar
    Near Manali, Himachal Pradesh
    Be sure to try the whole thali!

Want to prepare the dish by yourself? Here’s the recipe!

Tired of eating the same old dal and subzi at home? Here’s a delicious local vegetable found in the mountains!

What is it?

Lingri, a type of fiddlehead fern is an indigenous vegetable grown only in the Himalayan states of North and North East India. The locals use it to prepare pickles and scrumptious food in Himachal Pradesh.

Significance Abroad

The fact is you may come across this fern for cheap in the foothills of the Himalayas but our European and American counterparts are not that lucky.

A gourmet delicacy internationally, the ‘fiddlehead fern’, as it is called, can sell for as much as $50 a pound outside!

We suggest you head to the mountains now and trust us, it’s definitely worth it!

 

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When is it available?

Lingri season lasts very briefly from May until June.

Prepared during the summer due to its ample availability, the vegetable is also used in the preparation of the traditional curry (lungru ki sabzi) in Himachal Pradesh.

Several different ferns grow in the woods having a similar appearance and are not suitable for human consumption.

Only native harvesters with their expertise could identify safe and edible ferns in the woods. Before you eat, confirm from the local farmers about the right kind. We suggest that it is best to rely on the locals for the making of this yummy dish that we’re sure you’ll love!

 

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What Should I Do Now?
1. To check out more blogs about Bir, click here.
2. To know more about the local culture in other states of India, click here.
3. To know more about our newly opened hostel in Bir, click here.
4. To know more about our hostel in Manali, click here.

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