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Believe it or not, many people plant daylily bulbs because the leaves and flowers are edible. The buds and blossom can be eaten at any point in their growth cycle. Very tight buds are used by many chefs in salads and stir-fries. Blooms can also be dipped in batter and fried. “Golden needles” is the Chinese cooking term for buds and young blooms which are air dried, then soaked in warm water for a few minutes before they are eaten.
If you would like to nibble on your daylily, make sure it has not been sprayed with a fungicide or insecticide.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|