Daylilies are a beautiful addition to any garden, but did you know they are also edible? As their name suggests, daylilies bloom only for one day before fading. Daylily petals are edible and they make a great color enhancer to any salad or as a garnish. In researching other uses for the petals, I found out that most of the plant is edible.
Daylilies contain many B-vitamins and vitamin C. They are also low in calories.
Culinary Tip: Daylilies can be kept in the refrigerator for a few days, but are best used the day they are harvested.
Try adding them to a noodle dish or egg dish. They can also be added to soup – if you dare having hot soup in the extreme heat this summer!
Fun Fact: Dried daylilies are called “golden needles” in Chinese and are often added to sweet and sour soup.
More on preparing daylilies
As always, if you are allergic to the pollen of the flower, avoid eating the flower itself, even if it is edible.