Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Free Food: Daylily Greens

This is one of those days when I hope I don't get the "What's for dinner tonight, honey", phone calls from Husband on his way home from work. He has been known to stop at a convenience store for a hot dog when dinner sounds less than appetizing to him.You see, it's not that he's opposed to trying new things...it's just that...well, he JUST never knows what he's in for. Honestly, his life would be completely boring without me.

I've been planting the 'uncivilized' parts of our property with edible plants and weeds for the last couple of years, getting them to colonize. One of my favorites is the daylily. Now, WAIT!! Before you go cutting up your prized mail order daylilies - it's not just any daylily that you can serve for dinner.
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The one you want on your dinner plate is Hemerocallis fulva. You know the one, the one that seems to grow wild on the side of roads. Some say there are other kinds of daylilies that are edible, but it seems to be a little controversial, and things like that are not comfortable for me. I'll stick with Hemerocallis fulva. Daylilies, that's what's for dinner.

All parts of Hemerocallis fulva are edible, but in early spring, it's the tender greens that you're after. Collect them when they are less than 6" high for tender greens and the best taste.

After 6 inches, they are generally too fibrous to eat.

They go directly into the pan from the basket, no chopping. It just takes a few minutes for them to wilt in a hot pan with butter and salt.

Dinner is served: Great White Northern Beans with basil from last years garden, Brown Rice, and wilted Daylily Greens!

Enjoy the day-

Disclaimer: please note that the author of Blissville Living is not advocating eating any foraged plants without doing your own extensive research.


  1. I have eaten daylily buds many times but never the greens. I guess I wasn't aware of that option. Thanks for the education!
    Your meal looks yummy to me.

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  3. Love the homegrown plants. Mom and grandma used to do that. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop.

  4. I have been interested in this idea of planting edibles especially if they grow wild locally. What do they taste like? I have a large tract of land (mostly wooded) and I am very anxious to learn all that I can. Thank you.

    1. The young greens taste similiar to spinach...as do violet greens. I have to say that my very favorite part of the daylily is the tuber. I roasted them with garlic and they were delicious.

      Another great wild edible that will take off quickly is stinging nettles. LOVE them sauteed, in soup, and as soup stock. I dry them too and use them as tea and in smoothies.

      Learning about wild edibles is really fun!


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