If you really can’t stand to see another ad again, then please consider supporting our work with a contribution to wikiHow. I'm so sorry to hear about Boo. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on August 14, 2012: LOL, Martie. Use caution when eating daylilies Make sure it is a daylily (Hemerocallis) and not a poisonous Asiatic lily or something else. You did a very good job of how to distinguish one from the other and may have saved my life. Sometimes those fresh blossoms have a bit of insect life in them, but I don't mind. They have a light taste or no taste. But there's a world of food goodness in flowers. The first is generally agreed to be safe to eat, while the second is well-documented as being toxic to animal forms including human. I ate a bunch of them about 35 years ago..Sauteed them in a little butter and they were fabulous. One of my favorites is the chive flower (wrote a hub about that), spicy and dicey like the nasturtium, a perfect addition to a fresh green salad. Thank you. Plants are You may want to check out this list and its accompanying text from the Colorado State Extension Service. References. I have many in my garden where they look absolutely awesome. This is a great hub with lots of information. Take the common term “tiger lily” for example. I think that I would rather have the beauty of them blooming in the yard rather than looking towards them as a food source. Spiderwort which looks a lot like an Asian lily is another edible flower that tastes similar. Voted up. I love & enjoy this real interesting hub, which provides important information how to identify edible daylily and other non edible lilies plants. I've also had cats living in day-lilies. Daylilies are actually edible and they have a unique taste that most people definitely enjoy. If their pretty I buy them and put them in the ground. wikiHow is where trusted research and expert knowledge come together. % of people told us that this article helped them. Thank you for sharing your experiences and for the vote and share. The lily from the family Liliaceae, commonly called "Tiger Lily". After you’ve designated a spot for your flowers, it’s time to choose which flowers you plan to plant and eat. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on June 28, 2012: LOL, trish1048, where's your sense of adventure? But never use them fresh. They are the best-tasting part of the plant. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on December 05, 2012: Millionaire Tips, I must say I'm not crazy about the taste of daylilies unless they are batter-fried, where all the taste is in the breading. You can store the buds in the refrigerator for later use. But then, I'd always known the difference between a lily and a daylily and knew better not to eat the former. 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! Eat flowers you have grown yourself, or know to be safe for consumption. 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. If you buy from a farmer’s market or a farmer, ask them directly if they used any chemicals. Rinse daylilies with water before cooking. Kaili Bisson from Canada on June 19, 2012: Fascinating Hub with great research. It was stir fried. Three years ago, I visited my hometown in Taipei, Taiwan. In the late Fall and Winter (as well as all year round) you can eat the tubers (root nodules), in the Spring the young shoots are edible and delicious as a stir fry, and in … Thanks for SHARING. The daylily from the family Hemerocallidoideae commonly called "Tiger Lily" and valued as a food source for centuries. Voted up, y'know.. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on June 20, 2012: Thank you all for your good words and votes. Glad you found this interesting, and thank you for the votes. drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 20, 2012: Gee, Sally, I never knew you could eat them in the first place. (Photo: Signe Langford) Freshly opened, the flowers are comparable in taste to sweet iceberg lettuce. Let me watch you cook the plant. :). When you harvest daylily tubers, leave a few tubers attached to the roots. Daylily flowers tend to point themselves up from their stems, while lily flowers usually, although not always (as in the above photo of the tiger lily from the Liliaceae family), have a more pendulous aspect, dipping down from their stems. The gorgeous runner bean flowers don’t only add flair to the garden, they’re a nice garnish in salads. And thanks so much for sharing and the good votes. You can eat the beans of these trailing plants and the flowers, too. Bottom line, the daylilies didn't kill you after all. Dip the buds into the batter and then fry in oil for approximately one minute, or until the buds are crisp. Just the leaves. The daylily foliage looks like a fan of long and strappy grass-like leaves emanating from the base of the plant. If y'all haven't tried daylilies for food, I hope this hub gives you the information you need to make a decision. Those must be the reasons I don't feel daring, brave or adventurous :). Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. For more information on identifying daylilies, take a look at this excellent photo guide on how to identify daylilies. Cool Hub! Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on August 21, 2012: Thank you, ishwaryaa22, for your comment. They add beauty and a touch of delicacy mixed in among the greens. Many Liliaceae species, including that toxic tiger lily just mentioned (along with the commonly named Easter and Asian lilies), have long been known to be harmful to forms of animal life including humans, and so some came to assume that daylilies shared the specific toxic properties of lilies. You can tell the difference between a daylily and a lily such as the tiger, Easter, and Asian lilies mentioned earlier (lilies in the genus Lilium and the lilies most commonly confused with daylilies) by looking at them as they present above the ground and below. The colchicine easy to resolve in water, you need steam the daylily buds and dry them before cook to eat. :). I have heard that many ate different flowers for their unique tastes and flavors. I love to learn stuff like this! @Pamela-anne, I know what you mean about enjoying them in the garden but not necessarily in the garden salad. Some of her hobbies include gardening and cooking. I've always wanted to try eating daylilies but now you have me thinking. Although people around the world have been eating daylilies for hundreds (perhaps thousands) of years, this nutritious food has never made it into the mainstay of Western cooking. Beautiful on top of a colourful salad! Very informative! @AudreyHowitt, thank you so much for your lovely comment. Should we be eating them? Great source of food in the woods and tasty. Truth be told, daylilies can be interesting to eat, and there are lots of good recipes on the web, but I like to just go munch the flowers raw right off the scape. Lily roots are, for the most part, bulbs consisting of oblong or arrowhead-shaped scales. Love the pics and amazing info. Darlene Yager from Michigan on October 03, 2012: Daylilies have a slightly sweet aromatic flavor. The fresh ones content a chemical “colchicine”, itself is not poisonous, but once it go into animal’s body it becomes toxic. By using our site, you agree to our. Then I’ll come back the next day, if you aren’t sick or dead I might try it. You can eat these raw or cooked. Amid the current public health and economic crises, when the world is shifting dramatically and we are all learning and adapting to changes in daily life, people need wikiHow more than ever. They will continue to bloom all season long. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on June 27, 2012: LOL, billybuc, about the nasturtiums. Although they are said to be somewhat bland, they have a range of flavors, from spicy apple to celery or carrot, and a … A friend of mine has planted them for erosion control...once these beauties establish themselves, it takes a tsunami to dislodge them. I'm calling 911!”. I love a bit of controversy! Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on July 18, 2012: Micky Dee, this is the kind of testimonial I want to see. Tiger lily is toxic and not edible, however, daylily is edible. The more lengthy comments are worth reading, especially the comments from dynochic( Jan) which illuminate the confusion caused by continuing to include daylilies in the Liliaceae family and offer interesting although unconfirmed evidence that daylilies are not poisonous to cats. Edible daylilies, Hemerocallis fulva, grow wild in most of the US. You can buy them in Chinatown, sometimes labeled helpfully as “dried lily buds.” And while I have nothing against the flavor of fancy Hemerocallis hybrids, these are usually planted by parks employees or homeowners, so I steer clear. You can stuff the flowers with rice. According to your photographs, I'm pretty sure that these flowers were the edible daylilies, but I doubt I'll try them again! Very interesting read filled with info I did not know; the illustrations are quite helpful....I had no idea people ate day lilies. I agree that they are beautiful and have an honored place in the garden as ornamentals, and more. Thank you for sharing. Think I'll continue to just admire rather than ingest them. 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. Let me define the reasons for controversy in order to help you sort out your own thinking about whether you should eat this flower. Rinse fresh flowers gently, keeping an eye out for ants hidden deep in the bloom. Daylily flowers and tubers are high in protein, and the flower buds are high in beta carotene and vitamin C. All tip submissions are carefully reviewed before being published. :). They do not. The two have structural differences in foliage, flower orientation, and root systems. Last Updated: March 29, 2019 Your support helps wikiHow to create more in-depth illustrated articles and videos and to share our trusted brand of instructional content with millions of people all over the world. A house kitty just doesn't have the experience to avoid trouble, and its nine lives run out quickly. I now have several kinds of daylilies growing in my flower garden...hmmm...dinner? This is how the are prepared in Greece! 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. I'm still training myself to eat nasturtiums. 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. I think you can see how one person might say, “I had such a wonderful tiger lily hash for breakfast this morning,” while his friend might respond, “You’ll be dead by nightfall. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 18, 2012: Interesting hub for sure! In 2009, under the APG III system, daylilies were removed from the Liliaceae family and assigned to the Xanthorrhoeaceae family, subfamily Hemerocallidoideae. TY so much for your comment. Please consider making a contribution to wikiHow today. If you are eating them raw then simply added to salads is a great use. Do not try to eat a true lily. Fried daylilies can be served as a side dish. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on October 04, 2012: Come on over, Micky. What good information! Daylilies are chosen as ornamental Prior to 2009, the scientific classification of daylilies put them into the family Liliaceae. Stephanie Henkel from USA on June 22, 2012: Loved your hub, though I may still be a little confused by all the Latin names you've incorporated into your article! Fascinating research, m'dear. I'm sure the instructor knew the difference between the true lily and the daylily, but this is a great example of how the term "tiger lily" perpetuates confusion. Daylily flowers only bloom for 1 day, so you will need to eat them shortly after picking them. Wish I could see them there. this misinformation is repeated all over the internet. Chinese have been eaten daylily buds for thousands of years. Please help us continue to provide you with our trusted how-to guides and videos for free by whitelisting wikiHow on your ad blocker. What a vast store of knowledge you have on the subject ST-- amazing. He confirmed that ‘all parts of daylilies are edible’ and that daylily flowers are sold for eating throughout east Asia. 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’ll state the obvious with daylily flowers first. You have eaten flowers if you have ever eaten cauliflower, broccoli or artichokes. The answer is yes you can eat daylilies they can be eaten and used to garnish with different kinds of dishes. Useful & Interesting. Lily leaves, on the other hand, are more lance- or arrow-shaped and grow from a prominent stalk. I know there are various flowers that can be eaten and I think that really is the point as you mentioned, there are so many cross bred flowers not many of us know which ones are safe to eat or not, this was really interesting, and I love the photos too, cheers nell. Daylilies are a popular staple in Asian cuisine and they are used both fresh and dried. Just a small section of the main border – daylilies are crowding out everything else. :). I hope you give them a try next season. I do not think I would ever eat day lilies, but your hub and the images, the info you gathered, is work well done. I'm so glad you found this article interesting and enjoyed the photos. Stella de Oro daylilies at the peak of their spring bloom. True lilies are not edible. When you pick a daylily flower, make sure to include the bulb near the base of the flower. :) Thank you, my friend, for reading and commenting. I'll bet you could add to that body of knowledge. https://chestnutherbs.com/delectable-daylily/, http://tacticalintelligence.net/blog/wild-edibles-the-daylily.htm, http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/how-to-sustainably-harvest-daylilies-zbcz1307, http://honest-food.net/dining-on-daylilies/, http://www.pbs.org/food/kitchen-vignettes/daylily-fritters-edible-flowers/, http://cookforgood.com/blog/2012/6/18/eating-daylilies.html, consider supporting our work with a contribution to wikiHow. Will err on the side of safety for now. Then, there is the beauty aspect...why eat them when they are so beautiful as flowers? Voted up and interesting. Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on August 21, 2012: An informative hub! You can also boil, stir-fry or cream them, serving them as a side dish in place of potatoes. Tiger Lily is edible as well not sure why you claim they are toxic. My Daughter in-law and son (behind camera) are also trying the Stella D'oro Daylilies. :) I'm glad to hear daylilies have wonderful lives in South Africa. In my country, they used roses and lotuses in some of their dishes. Voting up and clicking the facebook like button. Voted up and interesting. Daylily flowers have a sweet flavour and can actually be enjoyed raw. I fully understand and appreciate now, why your brain was being taxed as well. We know ads can be annoying, but they’re what allow us to make all of wikiHow available for free. :) If you ever decide to introduce daylilies to your salad, I hope this hub gives you the information you need to make the right choice for you. We use cookies to make wikiHow great. I look forward some day soon to writing an article about eating daylilies where I can affirm that not only are they good for you, they are completely safe to eat. Thanks for your comment! This article seeks only to inform about the daylily, its reported culinary uses, and its suspected ill-effects on cats, bovines, and possibly, humans. It has a very short period which can be harvested or served in the menu of a famous restaurant. Cutting back daylily shoots will not prevent the plant from growing. To enjoy their full goodness, you should eat the flowers the same day they are picked. Definitely poisonous. I may never have to go to the supermarket again. Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on November 11, 2013: Hi Sherri - haven't read one of your hubs in some time. Add the flowers and/or shoots to a  salad. Now I learnt the difference between daylilies and lilies thanks to you. Flowers will taste and look their best right after they have opened, rather than after they have been open for a few days. There is much controversy on the subject. My yard is full of both daylilys and tigar lilies. These can be replanted and will continue to grow. I now look forward to Following your Hubs. 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. The fresh ones content a chemical “colchicine”, itself is not poisonous, but once it go into animal’s body it becomes toxic. I like to eat the young leaves in salads, and I sometimes cook the older leaves as a vegetable or potherb. wikiHow's. Actually, one of the great things about daylily tubers is that you can eat them anytime you can dig them (so, not during the January freeze, say). :) Until I started researching daylily recipes, I didn't realize there was a conflict, either. Thank you for the great info. :) Great hub! I once took a Chinese cooking class and one of the recipes called for tiger lilies, but that's the extent of my lily eating. Thanks for reading and commenting, Debbie. I just pinch the blooms and enjoy the light texture and crunch. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on July 17, 2012: moonlake, you are not alone! The whole thing reminds me of people who gather wild mushrooms - you better know what you are doing! Apparently, from the literature, not all can tolerate them, like some can't tolerate lactose. People living in Asian cultures have incorporated daylilies into their cuisine; however, it has not become common in mainstream North American cuisine. I won't be eating any of them. :). The differences are easy to see once you know them. Now we get to the pseudo-controversy. Confused yet? It has even been considered that d aylilies are a staple food in different parts of the world, especially in Asia. I still have a couple of scapes that will have a blossom or two soon. Flowers are for picking and putting into vases, not for eating, which is how most of us grew up. http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07237.htm... Table 2 lists edible flowers by their Latin names, although it offers no pictures. However, by bulbil it takes three years for them to mature. “ With any daylily now, other than the original, that is what you have to do. Daylily tubers should be harvested between late fall and early spring. One of my favourite wild edibles! Dahlia – Most people don’t realize that dahlias are closely related sunflowers and Jerusalem artichokes, or that you also can eat dahlia bulbs (corms). Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 9,942 times. I'm sure there is extensive information from UK sources on the web as well. Tubers are small, bulbous, potato-looking structures. The roots will continue producing new shoots. I too have some Large Potted Daylilies...which are Beautiful, but I can't picture myself eating any. There is doubt about eating these very nutritious (although not always tasty) plants. 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