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So, I promised myself that I was going to focus on useful plants in my garden, rather than wandering off into pure ornamentals, but I kind of fell in love with daylilies over the summer, and now I'm a bit obsessed. Did you know there are over 60,000 registered cultivars? And they're practically unkillable! And they're ridiculously easy to hybridize at home! And they're gorgeous!

So, um, yeah, a bit obsessed. But I'm rationalizing that it's okay to massively expand my daylily collection because they *are* technically edible. In fact, I've eaten the dried flower buds of one of the Chinese varieties, and so have you, probably, if you've ever gotten hot-and-sour soup at a reasonably authentic restaurant.

But I don't know if it's only a few specific varieties that are tasty enough to eat on a regular basis, or if they're all fairly palatable, and I don't know anyone who's tried harvesting them at home. Obviously, I'm not going to spend $100 a plant for the latest fancy varieties and then serve them for dinner. Because (a) I'm not spending that much on a plant unless it grows pure gold apples or something, and (b) why eat the pretty? But, you know, if civilization collapses or something, I'd like to know if I have something truly useful on my hands or not.

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Date: 2009-09-10 12:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amethysta
Daylilies are great in a salad! The ones that I have eaten are the common variety, I wouldn't know if the more expensive ones are edible. Chances are, if you have any local plant swaps, the daylilies that someone would bring to that are the edible and yummy ones.

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Date: 2009-09-10 02:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] swordage
I've fried up the flowers stuffed with a mix of goat and cream cheese - mmm, so good. Ours are regular plain old orange ones, and they are literally unkillable - we don't actually want them anymore, and haven't wanted them for going on ten years, but the suckers keep expanding. Grrr.

I believe all daylilies are edible. I've never heard of a poisonous kind, at least!

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Date: 2009-09-10 02:43 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rialian
===I find them quite tasty, and snack on them when I can. (I tend to eat them raw, straight off the plant. I have dried one in my car by the windshield, and that seemed to concentrate the flavors a bit.

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