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

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Eating Daylilies

Two years ago, I posted about eating daylilies and I think it's worth another  re-post. The 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's 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,  have more protein than these two vegetables, and contain lots of Vitamin A. 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;  so please 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 day, friends!


  1. Oh my goodness, you teach me so much. Wish they grew up here. We had dandelion bread and the kids thought it such a treat.

    1. Hi Kendra,
      I'm so glad to hear that you made the dandelion bread, and that your children enjoyed it. Wish I could mail you some of my daylilies. They seem to be taking over the farm. ;)
      Praying for you, my friend. :)

  2. I don't know why but I don't know if I can get myself to eat a day lily! I have some in my flower bed too. But, I know that it is edible.
    Sort of like having to eat the chicken you've played with on the farm. (A silly comparrison though:)
    ...I've got to eat a daylilly and when I do I'll be sure to come back and let you know.
    About the protein , WOW!

    1. Love the comparison, Deanna. :) Please let me know what you think after you've tasted one.
      Thanks for visiting and have a blessed Friday!

  3. Lisa, when I read that book, Flower Chronicles, it spoke about the many flowers that are edible. But this picture of your children eating them it is kind of a shock, LOL, but a nice shock. They seem to be delicious, but I choose the bread! LOL.

    1. Ok, Silvia...once again, you've challenged me. I've never heard of Flower Chronicles, but I'm going to find it and read it. What I have learned about foraging is what I've researched online. But books are so much better. :)
      Thanks for visiting, my friend. Hope you have a fantastic Friday!

  4. My children have been waiting for the daylilies to bloom in our yard and they finally have. They will be so surprised to learn that we can eat them!

    1. Hope you enjoy the daylilies, Charlene. Thanks for visiting, and have a blessed day. :)


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