Wild Edibles - The Daylily
by Tactical Intelligence on July 2nd, 2010 Disclaimer: Eating certain wild plants can be deadly!!
Be certain to consult a professional (or a really good field guide) in order to positively identify this plant before trying this for yourself. The o ners of this site ill not be held responsible for any lapses in !udg"ent or stupidity hen handling or consu"ing ild plants.
The daylily (hemerocallis fulva) is a very co""on orna"ental plant that has found a ho"e in "any yards and gardens throughout the #nited $tates. %espite its co""on occurrence, fe reali&e the year'round food potential of this plant. In this article I(ll go into detail about ho to identify, process and eat these delicious plants.
How to Identify Daylilies
Before you atte"pt to eat any ild edible you need to be absolutely certain you can identify it ith 100) certainty. *uc+ily, daylilies, hen in flo er, have no poisonous loo+'a'li+es. But to those that only see a , all of green- out there, everything loo+s ali+e. In that case here are the . +ey things to loo+ out for hen properly identifying daylilies/
6-petaled flower that faces upwards. These are typically orange but so"e have been bred to be different colors. In all daylilies the flo er only lasts a single day (hence the na"e )
Li ht.reen basal lea!es that are lon and swordlike with pointed tips. and in the $u""er you can eat the flo er buds and the flo ers. This is a good co"parison to the Blue 0lag Iris hich is poisonous and has leaves on its flo er stal+. The stal+ that supports the flo er head ill have no leaves on it.
"oot is a tan le of s#all tubers. it(s pretty certain that your loo+ing at a daylily. in the $pring the young shoots are edible and delicious as a stir fry.
If you can positively identify each of these .
. In the late 0all and 1inter (as ell as all year round) you can eat the tubers (root nodules).
How to Eat a Daylily
Eatin in the Different $easons
The great thing about daylilies is that there is al ays so"ething to eat fro" this plant all year round. attributes above.Leafless flower stalk that is about 3 feet tall. The tubers are around pea si&e to about the si&e of a large al"ond.
ho ever I find the s+in is !ust fine to eat along ith the starchy centers 5 ithout the hassle. vo"iting. 7ll "y friends and fa"ily ho try this plant have never e8perienced this. 'lowers (uds& Both the flo er buds about to bloo" (botto" left) and those that still have a hile (botto" right) are e8cellent in your favorite stir fry recipe. roots and all.
'lowers& The flo er have a pleasant s eet taste hen eaten ra and also can be dipped in batter and fried. thic+ rhi&o"e ithout tubers or a single bulb.I would reco##end waitin until $u##er to eat these as it will ha!e all of the attributes a!ailable to #ake for an accurate identification. If you unearth one long. 6oo+ing it is supposed to help reduce these effects.
. $o"e people li+e to peel the" li+e potatoes. $ince it(s a perennial plant (lives longer than t o years) you can then co"e bac+ to the stand during the follo ing springti"e to get the young shoots. there have been reports that so"e people react ith nausea. or diarrhea 5 especially if they eat a bunch of it). 3ou(re loo+ing to find s"all potato'li+e tubers ith tiny hair'li+e roots attached to the" (see the picture I too+ in the section above). If you do decide to gather the" in the $pring. then you(ve got the rong plant. 1ash and clean the" and boil the" in ater for about 19 "inutes for best taste (you can eat the" ra ). Just try out a s"all a"ount and see if you have any sy"pto"s. 2ne of the best ays to identify the" is to unearth the young shoot. young shoots. care #ust be taken not to #istake the# with so#e of the poisonous irises and lilies that e#er e around the sa#e ti#e. 4o ever.
What %arts to Eat
The edible portions of the plant (tubers. In this picture I(ve peeled so"e and left others ith the s+in. Day-old 'lowers& The ilted flo ers (above'left in the picture) can be reconstituted in soups.
Tubers& 3ou(ll ant to re"ove the hair'li+e roots and thic+ rhi&o"es. flo er buds and flo ers) can all be eaten ra .
4ere(s an e8a"ple of using so"e of "y stored rice ith so"e fresh daylily flo ers. The 0antastic 0our > . %andelion Areens > The ?erfect $pring $urvival 0ood
?osted in #rban $urvival. stir'fried buds. <ssential 1ild <dible ?lants that =ay Just $ave 3our *ife @. 3u"":
Daylily *utrition Infor#ation
%aylily flo ers and tubers are high in protein and oils.
The benefit of learning ild edibles is that it can greatly i"prove and e8tend your long'ter" food storage.)oun $hoots& The young shoots are e8cellent ra .
7lthough daylilies are an e8cellent food source. 1ild <dibles/ 4o to =a+e <lderberry Jelly 2.. 1ilderness $urvival
. in salads or ith dip. you should be a are that research done in 6hinese laboratories have reported that there are potentially to8ic substances in the roots hich "ay be cu"ulative.eep in "ind that people have been eating these plants for centuries ithout being poisoned so use the" ith respect and in "oderation. They are also great in stir fry. and boiled daylily tubers. The flo er buds are good sources of beta carotene and vita"in 6. 4o to Identify 1ild <dible and =edicinal ?lants
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