Day Lilies Are Not Just for Your Eyes

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Day lilies are also called daylilies. They are flowers that are highly diverse in color and form with thousands of registered cultivars. Only a few are scented though.

Daylilies are not just beautiful in a bouquet, they are edible too, both the buds and the blossoms. Some recipes are listed on the bottom of this page.

Some Basics:

Daylily plants are a common garden sight that blossom mostly between late spring and midsummer. A lily bulb normally is used to plant it.

Day lily flowers are delicate and trumpet-shaped. As edible flowers, they are best when consumed the same day you pick them. However, day lily flower buds can stay fresh in a refrigerator for several days.

For the kind with yellow flowers, Chinese harvest them during these months and dry them to make use of it as food later, called golden needles. See recipes at the end of this page.

While many people go to nurseries to shop for their garden, many buy daylilies online from their home. There are lots of daylilies online to choose from with clear pictures to look at.

Health Benefits Of Daylilies:

According to some of the Chinese traditional medicine records, golden needles (yellow daylilies) have certain properties that benefit our health:

  • Helps detoxification
  • Reduces red urine symptoms
  • Reduces jaundice
  • Helps cure insomnia
  • Lessens hemorrhoids

Where to buy daylily plant?

Day LiliesDaylily Buttered Popcorn, an excellent choice for an extended period of bloom.

Depending on your shopping style and schedule. You can go to your local nursery to buy, or you can shop it online.

Natural Hill Nursery is an impressive online store offering various choices. You can compare prices; get information to determine if a plant is right for your area, etc. You may also get free shipping if your order reaches certain amount.

How to Preserve Daylilies from Your Own Garden:

It's a blessing if you have an edible garden of your own. Chemicals and pesticides are used too often nowadays. However, to preserve the flowers you have, we need do it right. The following are the steps to take:

  • Harvest daylilies during the blossoming months
  • Wash and steam them
  • Sun dry the steamed daylilies
  • Store in a cool and dry place
Here you can find out more about planting daylilies.

A Few Recipes for Dailies:

Daylily lovers not only use daylilies to make a lily bouquet, they also have many ways to enjoy the beautiful fowers as a dish.

Here are a few ways I cook them. They are just examples. If you have a good recipe for cooking daylilies, please share here. Others would love to hear from you too.





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