I can tell the difference between my lilies but I sure don't know all their names. Daylily flowers have a sweet flavour and can actually be enjoyed raw. However, I do go grazing in the garden and eat a fresh blossom now and again just to celebrate that a beautiful flower can be appreciated by more senses than just smell and vision. And thanks so much for sharing and the good votes. The lily from the family Liliaceae, commonly called "Tiger Lily". I may never have to go to the supermarket again. :) Thank you, my friend, for reading and commenting. Loveofnight Anderson from Baltimore, Maryland on November 11, 2013: wow.....thanks for all of the information, i found this article very interesting. If their pretty I buy them and put them in the ground. Daylilies are chosen as ornamental You can eat all parts of the plant: seeds, flowers, and leaves. The first two paragraphs made my head swim. The differences are easy to see once you know them. These can be replanted and will continue to grow. Edible Lily Bulbs: Which ones can you eat and how? I'm calling 911!”. He confirmed that ‘all parts of daylilies are edible’ and that daylily flowers are sold for eating throughout east Asia. What a vast store of knowledge you have on the subject ST-- amazing. They've lived longer than I - in cat years. Thanks for reading and commenting... daylilies grow in your climate, you know. There is doubt about eating these very nutritious (although not always tasty) plants. Eat flowers you know to be consumable — if you are uncertain, consult a reference book on edible flowers and plants. They have a light taste or no taste. However, by bulbil it takes three years for them to mature. There is much controversy on the subject. drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 20, 2012: Gee, Sally, I never knew you could eat them in the first place. Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 03, 2015: Real interesting hub. TY so much for your comment. Very informative! Those of us in the West who know how to enjoy daylilies as food have learned to do so through family and community traditions, but most of us will never see a daylily stir-fry or a daylily breakfast hash on any restaurant menu or in any mainstream cookbook. The two have structural differences in foliage, flower orientation, and root systems. Let me watch you eat the plant. Let me watch you cook the plant. Then, there is the beauty aspect...why eat them when they are so beautiful as flowers? Apparently, from the literature, not all can tolerate them, like some can't tolerate lactose. Thanks for reading and commenting, Debbie. Dip the buds into the batter and then fry in oil for approximately one minute, or until the buds are crisp. Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 27, 2012: Oh, I know, they are all over around here...I just didn't know you could eat the damn things. In order to make a simple batter, mix together 1 cup (236 ml) of flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, and 1/2 a teaspoon of salt. Most edible flowers are best eaten raw—simply pick and rinse with water. If you’ve ever eaten daylily roots, you’ll know why. I just pinch the blooms and enjoy the light texture and crunch. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on July 18, 2012: Micky Dee, this is the kind of testimonial I want to see. I'm still training myself to eat nasturtiums. Voted Up... Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on July 16, 2012: Interesting, Deb...the cooking class called them tiger lilies? The colchicine easy to resolve in water, you need steam the daylily buds and dry them before cook to eat. Much of the confusion of whether daylilies are safe to eat is caused by the semantic legacy surrounding the word “lily.” The common names “daylily” and “lily” have become, at some times and in some places in the world, interchangeable terms for describing plants belonging to two very different plant families. I do not advise you to eat daylilies or to expose your animals to them without your doing the work of assessing your own risk. The fresh ones content a chemical “colchicine”, itself is not poisonous, but once it go into animal’s body it becomes toxic. However, this controversy over newer daylily hybrids is absolutely new to me. Just to add to the confusion over whether we humans should eat our daylilies, MerriwetherForager, a Ph.D. research chemist and naturalist, advises that you stick to Hemerocallis fulva, the most well-known daylily species, and avoid the newer hybrids, some of which may be toxic. Kaili Bisson from Canada on June 19, 2012: Fascinating Hub with great research. But there's a world of food goodness in flowers. Those must be the reasons I don't feel daring, brave or adventurous :). fulva! i may be able to find them in the eatable plant section of my grocers. In 2009, under the APG III system, daylilies were removed from the Liliaceae family and assigned to the Xanthorrhoeaceae family, subfamily Hemerocallidoideae. Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional. Daylily Daylilies are maybe the best example of flowers you have seen in all your neighbors’ yards, without any idea of what they were called, and certainly with no clue that you could eat them. So glad you found this interesting! This article seeks only to inform about the daylily, its reported culinary uses, and its suspected ill-effects on cats, bovines, and possibly, humans. I agree that they are beautiful and have an honored place in the garden as ornamentals, and more. Take the common term “tiger lily” for example. This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. “ With any daylily now, other than the original, that is what you have to do. Add the flowers and/or shoots to a  salad. Tiger Lily is edible as well not sure why you claim they are toxic. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on June 28, 2012: LOL, trish1048, where's your sense of adventure? Shasta Matova from USA on December 04, 2012: This is really interesting - I had no idea that daylilies were edible, or that there was so much debate on the topic. Subkingdom: Tracheobionta (Vascular plants), Superdivision: Spermatophyta (Seed plants), Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants). Rinse fresh flowers gently, keeping an eye out for ants hidden deep in the bloom. I know “tiger lily” as a name applied to two different plants, one a daylily (the family Xanthorrhoeaceae, subfamily Hemerocallidoideae) and one a lily (the family Liliaceae). I have heard that many ate different flowers for their unique tastes and flavors. Three years ago, I visited my hometown in Taipei, Taiwan. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on August 21, 2012: Thank you, ishwaryaa22, for your comment. . In my country, they used roses and lotuses in some of their dishes. It is a tuber type plant that very much looks like Lilium. % of people told us that this article helped them. There were hundreds of them growing along the roadside, so I just went out and picked a bunch, dipped them in batter and fried 'em up. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on June 21, 2012: drbj and robie2, I love that both of you would prefer to devour daylilies with your eyes rather than with your mouths! Jenny Yang on June 14, 2020: Chinese have been eaten daylily buds for thousands of years. Any newly introduced food may trigger an allergic reaction, or, any food eaten in excess may have an adverse effect on a specific individual; however, neither an allergic reaction nor an intolerance to a certain food indicates that the food is classified as poisonous. Unfortunately, some part of the blossom did not agree with me. Dandelions are as adventurous as I get :) Unless, of course, you want to count the times I've eaten mud, bugs, grass (and no, not the funny kind) and swallowed gallons of nasty ocean water. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) states definitively that daylilies are poisonous to cats and cows, although it cites no scientific sources and at the same time describes Hemerocallis as belonging to the Liliaceae family. I love a bit of controversy! Cool Hub! Back in the '60's when I was in my "back to Nature" phase, I read Euell Gibbon's books on foraging for wild food and decided to try fried tiger lily blossoms. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 18, 2012: Interesting hub for sure! I'll bet you could add to that body of knowledge. I'm so glad you found this article interesting and enjoyed the photos. If you buy from a farmer’s market or a farmer, ask them directly if they used any chemicals. Prior to 2009, the scientific classification of daylilies put them into the family Liliaceae. http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07237.htm... Table 2 lists edible flowers by their Latin names, although it offers no pictures. 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\n<\/p><\/div>"}. Cutting Daylily Flower Scapes Each daylily flower scape can hold many flower pods, but the time comes every year when all the pods on a scape have bloomed and died. wikiHow is where trusted research and expert knowledge come together. Things to look for: daylily blooms face up, true lilies (like the similarly colored tiger lily) face downward, although there are a few true-lily exceptions that face up, like the Pine Lily (Lillium catesbaei), native to Florida and southeast coast. Please consider making a contribution to wikiHow today. I do not think I would ever eat day lilies, but your hub and the images, the info you gathered, is work well done. :). Deborah Neyens from Iowa on July 16, 2012: Interesting hub. My yard is full of both daylilys and tigar lilies. Pamela-anne from Miller Lake on June 19, 2012: Awesome hub really enjoyed this info something I never knew people ate but for now I will just enjoy their beauty in the garden not in my garden salad loved the pics too! :) I'm glad to hear daylilies have wonderful lives in South Africa. I still have a couple of scapes that will have a blossom or two soon. Confused yet? I won't be eating any of them. :) Great hub! I have many in my garden where they look absolutely awesome. But never use them fresh. Digging up the plants means you don’t get flowers, but since daylilies, especially the common orange variety, can be invasive, you may need to thin out your I will rather not eat them. :). Just … That's a sad testament to his life. by The Lily Pad October 29, 2018 It seems unlikely that such a beautiful plant would be used for any other purpose than to accent our gardens. Fried daylilies can be served as a side dish. William E Krill Jr from Hollidaysburg, PA on June 19, 2012: Wow. My family had reunion dinner in a Taipei famous restaurant that serve this green daylily buds dish deliciously. A post on The House on Red Hill blog brings this issue into focus from the point of view of a cat owner and long-time daylily gardener who learns for the first time, from a poster in the vet’s office, that daylilies are lethal to cats. I've been eating Chinese hot soup for years and daylillies are one ingredient. Lovely sauteed briefly with some garlic scapes and butter, or added to a vegetable stir-fry. Always be make sure you are 100% sure you have correctly identified a plant species before eating it. @Dardia, I did not know spiderwort was edible. Daylilies can give some people an upset stomach. @AudreyHowitt, thank you so much for your lovely comment. Resources are conflicting and difficult to navigate because of the misunderstanding of the Hemerocallis taxonomy and also because of the huge number of Hemerocallis hybrids which have been developed in recent years. Buds before opening up are collected & dried which are called "golden needles" sold as dried food in the same way as Oriental black dried mushrooms. As for the Latin terms, I was graced by Juliet from Castanea (you can find her blog by following the link under the pic of daylily roots) to help me sort out the taxonomy.

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