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Aug 27, 2016 4:09 PM CST
Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Region: Nebraska Organic Gardener Dog Lover Bookworm
...Sweet crisp lettuce...
I was walking by the "north 40" clump of fulva and thought "why not?"
I didn't have anything else blooming to "guinea pig" myself with, the lighter colors are supposed to taste better, and I decided to quit being intimidated by a new food.. We've had threads and posts concerning eating daylilies, but from what I understand, most of us are a little weirded out by eating flowers...
I enjoyed it and will be harvesting flowers next summer off of good ol' H. fulva for salads.
Anyone else enjoy a flower or two this summer?

*edited for spelling errors*
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Aug 27, 2016 4:52 PM CST
Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
Pollen collector Fruit Growers Permaculture Hybridizer Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener
Daylilies Region: South Carolina Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Photography Herbs Region: United States of America
A few things you and others should know. If a person is allergic they will have gas for about a day but it will pass. Also some women will have an aftertaste of onions, this has not been reported by males only by women and nobody knows why. Not only are the flowers edible but the pods are used in a few Asian dishes. I like the flowers and nibble on them from time to time and like you think the taste like a sweet lettuce.
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Aug 27, 2016 4:53 PM CST
Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
Pollen collector Fruit Growers Permaculture Hybridizer Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener
Daylilies Region: South Carolina Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Photography Herbs Region: United States of America
Also all daylilies are edible not just fulva
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Aug 27, 2016 5:16 PM CST
Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Region: Nebraska Organic Gardener Dog Lover Bookworm
Hmm... didn't notice any gas- or onion aftertaste (and no more blooming to run another taste test).. I'll have to do some taste-testing next spring- do some comparisons.... and learn how to cook DLs...
I know DL's are called "needle vegetable" (translated) in some Asian cultures... We have a large immigrant population from Asia (Lincoln is a yuuuge salad of cultures) and I'm fairly certain none of the "ethnic" markets sell DL's for eating...

Maybe my breeding program should be for better flavor Drooling
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Aug 27, 2016 9:38 PM CST
Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
Pollen collector Fruit Growers Permaculture Hybridizer Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener
Daylilies Region: South Carolina Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Photography Herbs Region: United States of America
Hilarious! one thing I noticed and stated on a previous thread is the diamond dusted daylilies are the sweetest I've tasted and I think the dusting may in fact be sugar crystals shining in the sun
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Aug 29, 2016 8:33 AM CST
Name: bron
NSW-Qld border Australia
18 yr old in my subtropical garden!
You have inspired me to taste test my blooms this year. I tried some a few years back. Not bad, not great. I think the sepals were a better, crunchier texture. I will head for the diamond dusted as I have a few.

I asked at a local Asian supermarket if they had "golden threads", dried daylilies or any dried flowers for stir fry. The Vietnamese shop owners didn't know what I was talking about. Maybe in Sydney or San Francisco where there are Chinatown areas??
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Aug 29, 2016 8:58 AM CST
Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
Pollen collector Fruit Growers Permaculture Hybridizer Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener
Daylilies Region: South Carolina Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Photography Herbs Region: United States of America
Go for it and please share your thoughts with us. Thumbs up
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Aug 30, 2016 9:45 AM CST
Name: Sabrina
Italy, Brescia (Zone 8b)
Love daylilies and making candles!
Garden Photography Cat Lover Daylilies Region: Europe Lilies Garden Ideas: Level 1
Seeing what creeps on my daylilies I can't think of eat them. But let me ask you, what do you do exactly? Do you wash the flowers, dry, cook? Or do something different?
Sabrina, North Italy
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Aug 30, 2016 12:41 PM CST
Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
Pollen collector Fruit Growers Permaculture Hybridizer Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener
Daylilies Region: South Carolina Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Photography Herbs Region: United States of America
You would hate to see what crawls on the food you buy at the store then Hilarious! I just pick the flowers and nibble on them I don't spray so I don't bother washing them, I wouldn't make a meal of it. It's a nice treat in the garden.
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Aug 30, 2016 8:48 PM CST
Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Region: Nebraska Organic Gardener Dog Lover Bookworm
@bron I've got a couple sparkly ones, and some lighter-colored DL's too... Another fun reason to look forward to spring!
@ediblelandscapingsc I think I will... I have a decent variety to get an idea of a range of flavors, crunchiness, whatever I can think to measure. Thanks for sharing the info!
@cybersix I do exactly what Ediblelandscapingsc does, I grab one and munch in the garden. I don't spray and I don't water the ones out in the field. I think I'll add them to the family's spring salad mix, just another pretty on the plate.
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