How to Eat Daylilies


Daylilies are perennial plants that are not actually true lilies. They grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 1 through 11. Daylilies have three petals and three sepals and can be seen in colors including pink, orange, yellow and red. One interesting fact about daylilies that many people may not know is that daylilies can actually be eaten. Although you can eat them raw, they taste best when cooked.

Moderately Easy


Things You’ll Need
  • Garden shovel
  • Cold water
  • Knife
  • Boiling water
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Salad
  • Egg batter
  • Oil
  • Fryer
    1. Dig up the daylilies you want to cook with. It is important that you get the root tubers because they are also edible.
    2. Wash your daylilies off with cold water. They will be covered in dirt from just coming out of your flower garden.
    3. Cut off the flower buds. Add the buds to a pot of boiling water. Drain the boiling water out once the flower buds have become soft. Sprinkle with a tiny bit of salt and pepper and serve as a side dish.
    4. Remove the petals from the daylily flower and sprinkle them over your salad. Organic Valley also states that daylily flowers taste great when fried. An egg batter can be used to do this.
    5. Remove the tubers from the roots of the daylily plants. According to The Lily Flower Store, these tubers are 1 inch long and resemble the shape of a football. You can eat them after they have been boiled for 15 minutes in a pot of salted water.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also add your daylily flower buds to any stir-fry dish.

  • Daylily petals don’t last. You need to use them within 24 hours of picking the blooms.

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