March Madness — Day 29
With more than 35,000 registered cultivars, the daylily (Hemerocallis spp.) is one of the world’s most prolific and varied flowering plants. Despite their common name, they are not a true lily. While true lilies are toxic to humans, all parts of daylilies are edible: shoots, roots, stems, leaves, buds and flower petals.
Try gathering the young buds and sautéing them ever so lightly, and using them as a garnish or as an addition to a stirfry. Gather young shoots and cook like asparagus. Boil the tuber and serve with butter like a potato. Separate the petals and toss in a salad. Or use the entire flower to garnish a cake or any dish you confect during the blossoming season.
Eat a small amount to start out with, and make certain you have gathered a daylily and not a true lily. Also, take care to gather from a spot that has not been sprayed (avoid public roadsides).
Daylilies are rich in vitamin A and vitamin C, and also are a source of iron and protein.