I believe that i am now going to be on the look-out for them. I've also had cats living in day-lilies. You definitely did your research. If so, you may have slugs. 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! It has a very short period which can be harvested or served in the menu of a famous restaurant. I won't be eating any of them. We've come to know the daylily, for the most part, only as an ornamental flower in the garden, or even as a roadside weed, and thus are unaware of its food value, but another hindrance to appreciating the daylily as a food source is that there is controversy over whether the daylily is safe to eat. :) 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. 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. The plant is in the Asphodelaceae family. :). If you really can’t stand to see another ad again, then please consider supporting our work with a contribution to wikiHow. The first is generally agreed to be safe to eat, while the second is well-documented as being toxic to animal forms including human. Daylilies are chosen as ornamental {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/5\/5a\/Eat-Daylilies-Step-1-Version-2.jpg\/v4-460px-Eat-Daylilies-Step-1-Version-2.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/5\/5a\/Eat-Daylilies-Step-1-Version-2.jpg\/aid8858595-v4-728px-Eat-Daylilies-Step-1-Version-2.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":345,"bigWidth":"728","bigHeight":"546","licensing":"

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\n<\/p><\/div>"}. I too have some Large Potted Daylilies...which are Beautiful, but I can't picture myself eating any. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on July 17, 2012: moonlake, you are not alone! You can stuff the flowers with rice. Thanks for reading and commenting... daylilies grow in your climate, you know. Unfortunately, some part of the blossom did not agree with me. Some of her hobbies include gardening and cooking. 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. I just pinch the blooms and enjoy the light texture and crunch. Instead, they publish a series of questions on the topic and present the answers they solicited from plant and veterinary experts. Plants are 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). Very informative! I found this very informative and interesting. Very interesting read filled with info I did not know; the illustrations are quite helpful....I had no idea people ate day lilies. They do not. 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. The whole thing reminds me of people who gather wild mushrooms - you better know what you are doing! They have a light taste or no taste. Your anecdotal experience needs more attention. The daylily foliage looks like a fan of long and strappy grass-like leaves emanating from the base of the plant. Thanks! Once you have finished cooking them, toss the tubers with butter and add salt and pepper to taste. We know ads can be annoying, but they’re what allow us to make all of wikiHow available for free. I do not think I would ever eat day lilies, but your hub and the images, the info you gathered, is work well done. Thank you. There is doubt about eating these very nutritious (although not always tasty) plants. I'm sure there is extensive information from UK sources on the web as well. If y'all haven't tried daylilies for food, I hope this hub gives you the information you need to make a decision. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on June 28, 2012: LOL, trish1048, where's your sense of adventure? Use caution when eating daylilies Make sure it is a daylily (Hemerocallis) and not a poisonous Asiatic lily or something else. Please consider making a contribution to wikiHow today. I can tell the difference between my lilies but I sure don't know all their names. The roots will continue producing new shoots. The information presented here is to help you decide whether to incorporate daylilies (Hemerocallis) into your diet. William E Krill Jr from Hollidaysburg, PA on June 19, 2012: Wow. I’ll state the obvious with daylily flowers first. Wait…it will get worse when we talk about purported daylily toxicity related to felines, bovines, and humans later on in this article. I like to eat the young leaves in salads, and I sometimes cook the older leaves as a vegetable or potherb. Daylily is edible. What a Wonderful and most Informative Hub, Sally. drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 20, 2012: Gee, Sally, I never knew you could eat them in the first place. Lovely sauteed briefly with some garlic scapes and butter, or added to a vegetable stir-fry. Let me define the reasons for controversy in order to help you sort out your own thinking about whether you should eat this flower. I've been eating Chinese hot soup for years and daylillies are one ingredient. Bottom line, the daylilies didn't kill you after all. What They Eat Voles prefer vegetation, including tubers, roots, your daylily bulbs and other favorites, grasses and herbaceous plants, including stems, foliage and flowers. Glad you found this interesting, and thank you for the votes. Always be make sure you are 100% sure you have correctly identified a plant species before eating it. @AudreyHowitt, thank you so much for your lovely comment. Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. Thanks for an interesting article! "Boo" was a house cat. :). In 2009, under the APG III system, daylilies were removed from the Liliaceae family and assigned to the Xanthorrhoeaceae family, subfamily Hemerocallidoideae. People living in Asian cultures have incorporated daylilies into their cuisine; however, it has not become common in mainstream North American cuisine. But never use them fresh. According to your photographs, I'm pretty sure that these flowers were the edible daylilies, but I doubt I'll try them again! Take the common term “tiger lily” for example. What you can be sure of is this: If a lily-looking flower has a down-hanging aspect, with its petals curled upwards, then it’s not a daylily. Cool Hub! “ With any daylily now, other than the original, that is what you have to do. Why? I'll bet you could add to that body of knowledge. this misinformation is repeated all over the internet. So glad you found this interesting! You have eaten flowers if you have ever eaten cauliflower, broccoli or artichokes. Look up from an actually reputable source, don't take my word for it, or this page's Tiger lilies are not poisonous. Now I learnt the difference between daylilies and lilies thanks to you. Martie Coetser from South Africa on August 14, 2012: Sally, this is a very interesting hub about Daylilies. Cutting back daylily shoots will not prevent the plant from growing. However, this controversy over newer daylily hybrids is absolutely new to me. Most of the problem is making sure the right plant is identified. I may never have to go to the supermarket again. It is a tuber type plant that very much looks like Lilium. % of people told us that this article helped them. 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! Spiderwort which looks a lot like an Asian lily is another edible flower that tastes similar. 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. I'm sure they're better for us than iceberg lettuce. I'll tell you what, you bring the dandelion wine for cocktail hour and I'll make the daylily poppers for an appetizer. Now we get to the pseudo-controversy. They do grow in my garden. I might have to try to taste one next summer. I'm so glad you found this article interesting and enjoyed the photos. @Dardia, I did not know spiderwort was edible. By signing up you are agreeing to receive emails according to our privacy policy. You can eat all parts of the plant: seeds, flowers, and leaves. Three years ago, I visited my hometown in Taipei, Taiwan. Sample a small amount to see how your body reacts before indulging in a large portion. Tiger Lily is edible as well not sure why you claim they are toxic. There are a surprising number of flowers which are edible. http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07237.htm... Table 2 lists edible flowers by their Latin names, although it offers no pictures. 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. However, by bulbil it takes three years for them to mature. 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. Deer would pull up the newly planted seedlings and eat the roots first. There is much controversy on the subject. I still have a couple of scapes that will have a blossom or two soon. Eat the flowers raw. Edible flowers are a fun and easy way to add color and flavor to all sorts of dishes — especially when you can pick them right from your own garden. This is how the are prepared in Greece! Thanks for SHARING. You may want to check out this list and its accompanying text from the Colorado State Extension Service. You did a very good job of how to distinguish one from the other and may have saved my life. Chinese have been eaten daylily buds for thousands of years. They actually tasted pretty good, though something had a little peppery flavor. The gorgeous runner bean flowers don’t only add flair to the garden, they’re a nice garnish in salads. 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. You can cook with a variety of different components of the daylily plant and there are a variety of different dishes that can be made from the daylily. Voted up, well-written and well-presented :). The differences in the term "Daylilies is Amazing...and I too, didn't know any of them could be Edible. 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. When cooking with daylily flowers, it is always advisable to factor in their delicate nature to avoid losing their nutritive value and flavor. 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. Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on November 11, 2013: Hi Sherri - haven't read one of your hubs in some time. The American Hemerocallis Society takes no stand on whether daylilies are toxic to cats and cows. Audrey Howitt from California on October 03, 2012: I did not even know that there was a conflict about this--I found your article so informative and so beautifully laid out--. Those must be the reasons I don't feel daring, brave or adventurous :). I hope you give them a try next season. I have grown both daylilies as well as tiger lilies in the past. It is interesting that the only Hemerocallis that appears on the list is fulva, to your point about cross-bred flowers...fulva seems to be universally regarded as "safe" to eat, although the same is not said for hybrid cultivars. My Daughter in-law and son (behind camera) are also trying the Stella D'oro Daylilies. Think I'll continue to just admire rather than ingest them. 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. Do not try to eat a true lily. :). are edible.” Technically (taxonomically) in the most narrow sense, these two USDA pages are not at odds with each other; however, they continue to confuse the understanding that a daylily is different from a lily, because neither the USDA taxonomy nor the reference to “Hemerocallis sp.” in the 2004 study reflects the 2009 change in classification, while the latter says that all parts of the daylily are edible. As with all new and exciting adventures you approach, begin with moderation. Just a small section of the main border – daylilies are crowding out everything else. If you’ve ever eaten daylily roots, you’ll know why. 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 … 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. Unfortunately, many sources on the web and elsewhere have not taken this change of scientific classification into account. 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 may be able to find them in the eatable plant section of my grocers. At the same time, they produce an enormous amount of edible material. 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. Ok, so now wasn't a good time to read this. They are at their best in late fall or winter after they have stored nutrients from summer growth. Daylily flowers only bloom for 1 day, so you will need to eat them shortly after picking them. :) Take a look here: http://lilylanefarm.com/daylilies2.html. Let’s take a closer The first two paragraphs made my head swim. It pleases me to know that others are open to the idea of learning not only the subtle differences between flowers but also are open to the idea of exploring new food sources. This article seeks only to inform about the daylily, its reported culinary uses, and its suspected ill-effects on cats, bovines, and possibly, humans. Daylilies are a popular staple in Asian cuisine and they are used both fresh and dried. The differences are easy to see once you know them. My Son's cat died recently, and it was believed it had gotten out of the house, and ate something from the garden. 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. Please help us continue to provide you with our trusted how-to guides and videos for free by whitelisting wikiHow on your ad blocker. 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. Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 9,942 times. My tiger lilies are in bloom right now and I do enjoy looking at them, but I don't think I want to eat them so I'll pass on that-- but I voted this fabulous hub up and useful, interesting and awesome. Eat flowers you know to be consumable — if you are uncertain, consult a reference book on edible flowers and plants. I agree that they are beautiful and have an honored place in the garden as ornamentals, and more. I've eaten many day-lilies and will continue. You can also boil, stir-fry or cream them, serving them as a side dish in place of potatoes. I love & enjoy this real interesting hub, which provides important information how to identify edible daylily and other non edible lilies plants. Voted up and interesting. They are such a nice vehicle for a fried batter. 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. Tubers are small, bulbous, potato-looking structures. 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. And thanks so much for sharing and the good votes. :). But there's a world of food goodness in flowers. You can add raw daylily flowers to your favourite salad recipe to add some colour and summer freshness. 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