"....Your children shall be like olive plants all around your table." Psalm 128:3

Monday, June 11, 2012

Daylilies for Lunch?? (re-post)

Last year, I posted about eating daylilies and I think it's worth a re-post. Our lilies are in full bloom here at our house and we're taking advantage of that by having them for lunch with egg salad and chicken salad. Yum!  :)

So, for all my new readers, here the post..


Daylilies for Lunch??

Imagine the looks on children's faces when you serve up a platter of these beauties for lunch!  They are quick and easy to prepare, and are delicious stuffed with egg salad, tuna salad, or chicken salad.

But first, some nutritional info about the daylily.  All parts of the daylily are edible. The buds provide more vitamin C than green beans or asparagus, and have more protein than these two vegetables. The flavor of daylilies is similar to lettuce - crunchy and slightly sweet.

In the Orient, daylilies have been considered medicinal. The roots are known to have pain-killing properties. And they have been used to treat various illnesses such as jaundice, fevers, and some tumors.

NOTE:  When you harvest daylilies, only harvest the ones in your garden - not roadside daylilies, as they are usually treated with chemicals and pesticides.  I am referring to daylilies only. Some other lilies contain alkaloids and should not be eaten. Daylilies can act as a laxative or diuretic; eat in moderation.

So all you need to do is gather daylily blossoms from your garden. Wash them in cold water to remove any insects or dirt. You can wash the pollen off, as well, unless your children don't mind the orange powder on their faces.  :)  Gently dry the blossoms with a paper towel.  Stuff each blossom with a heaping tablespoon of your favorite lunch salad.


As you can see, my children had no problem with eating flowers for lunch................











You can Google "Daylily Recipes" and find lots of other ways to prepare the beautiful flowers.  Happy flower - eating!

Luke 12 :27  "Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."

Have a blessed Monday, friends!









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17 comments:

  1. No...I could not eat a flower. Very interesting, though.

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    1. They're delicious, Ellie Rae! They taste just like lettuce. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  2. Oh my, Lisa, I was considering trying your lavender cookies, but I'm not sure I could eat a daylily! Wishing you a blessed week, ~Lisa

    PS: Click here for a link to the site where I find all my Ryle quotes. :)

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    1. Give them a try, Lisa - they're so yummy! Thanks for the visit and the link. :)

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  3. Lisa, do you cut out the anthers?

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    1. Hi Sally,
      Some of my children don't mind the anthers, while the rest of them don't want to eat them. It's ok to eat them, however, the pollen might turn your lips yellow. :) Thanks for stopping by. :)

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    1. I'm so glad you stooped by, Judith. :)

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  5. How fun! I remember years ago while vacationing in San Francisco, we went to a produce market and there were people selling bags of edible flowers...so beautiful. I wished I could take them home, but couldn't. This post makes me want to plant some daylilies so I can make flower sandwiches for my grandchildren...and how pretty these would be at a lady's luncheon. Thanks for sharing this. Gail (@1-Minute BibleLoveNotes.com)

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    1. Hello Gail,
      I am always on the look-out for edible plants that grow in our area. My children are finally getting used to eating flowers, dandelions, lilacs, etc. ;)
      Thanks for stopping by and follow!
      Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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  6. Wow eating flowers :) I am love reading your blog

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    1. I'm so glad you stopped by, Mary. :)

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  7. Oh, that is so cool! I never knew that. And your lilies are sooo very pretty. I love the yellow/orange mix. We will have to give it a try. We are behind you seasonally, of course, so we will have to wait a while. Thanks for educating me today, teehe.

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    1. Let me know how it goes, Jane. And if you try another kind of lily, I'd love to know what they taste like - as opposed to the kind I have. :)
      Many blessings!

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  8. Wow, I'd not thought of eating them! Very interesting idea!

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    1. They're delicious, Jen..and taste like sweet lettuce. :)

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  9. Lovely post!!! Thanks for sharing, Lisa :) We have eaten them, too, and do taste like lettuce!

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