Bracken fiddleheads (the immature, tightly curled emerging fronds) have been considered edible by many cultures throughout history, and are still commonly used today as a foodstuff. Bracken fiddleheads are either consumed fresh (and cooked) or preserved by salting, pickling, or sun drying. Both fronds and rhizomes have been used to brew beer, and the rhizome starch has been used as a substitute for arrowroot. Bread can be made out of dried and powered rhizomes alone or with other flour.
The tune also goes by the titles, The Bracken Highland Fling, Buain Na Rainich, Cutting Bracken, Cutting Ferns, Dúlamán, Dúlamán, Dulaman, Faery's Lament, Heavin' Bracken, Pulling The Bracken, and The Weary Maid.