Aakur/Ankur is an edible fern that grows in marshy and mangrove areas. The name itself literally means shoots/sprouts in Konkani and just as the name suggests these are tender shoots of the fern that are consumed. In fact, it is considered to be a delicacy in Goa.
Akur, Aakur, Aankur
It long, slender, and looks quite similar to asparagus. In fact, I lovingly call it the “desi asparagus”.
Ankur is a local vegetable that is seasonal and is mainly available during monsoons like moras, takla etc. It has to be prepared and consumed fresh just like any leafy green and hence is available for a short period of time.
Collecting this edible fern is an art since the person needs to go to marshy areas and select just the right sort of ferns. With more and more land undergoing construction and urbanization, the availability and demand for this seasonal produce are reducing.
Some article suggests this vegetable is a rich source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It relieves constipation and gastric issues but there is not much research/studies available to support these claims (My study of the nutritional profile still continues)
- Stir Fried veggies
- Gravies like tonak
- Butter garlic aakur
Do try out aakur and let me know if you know of any interesting recipes of the same.