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  1. Fireworks and Food Experiments | Life is best lived

    […] about 10 years old. I couldn’t quite work up the courage to eat them though until I read a post about them on Hank Shaw’s incredible blog. I had a whole backyard full of them, and now […]

  2. The Incredible Edible Flower?! Part 1 | The Fat Moon

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  3. "Wildman" Steve Brill

    Glad you had fun experimenting with daylilies. I like the flowers in soups and salads, and they’re especially attractive stuffed. As a vegan, I make a mock cottage cheese which I sweeten, season with herbs, and mix with apricots and nuts.

    You weren’t able to test the shoots, which are in season in late winter and early spring. They’re great raw, sautéed, stir-fried, in soups, casseroles, grains, or any savory dish, and they’re easy to collect in quantity.

    Anyone who wants to learn more about foraging is invited to visit my site,, or download my iPhone/iPad/Android app, Wild Edibles.

    Happy Foraging!

  4. Food for thought | rpetersen01

    […] neighbors.  That’s why I planted them; my own version of an edible land scape.  I eat the day lilies, too, but I’m the only one who does.  More for […]

  5. Foraging towards Heaven | whatwebethinking

    […] – many edible parts (come forth sometime and we can brew some dandelion wine!) Sassafras leaves, Day Lily flowers, Garlic Mustard, Rose Hips = edible, edible, edible, […]

  6. Terry Martine

    Although I had a million of these things in my yard, never thought of eating them. Thanks for the article

  7. Forage: Mulberry Monday | Wild Foragers Society

    […] Fingers crossed we might also encounter some Hemerocallis… […]

  8. lisa

    Iv’e used day lily fresh blooms in salads & they were fine… BUT the best thing ever to do with the blooms, is to dry them and use them for seasoning. Dried & ground, they add a wonderful mushroomy taste to any sauce gravy or marinade!

  9. tammy eddlemon

    got a yard full of these…cant wait till they bud! Got enough plants that pullin up a few for the tubers wont make a bit of difference. cant wait to try those as well. thanks a bunch!

  10. ethan+

    I tasted every part, it tasted like asperagus but it was good.

  11. Lindsay Huettman

    Hello Hank,
    I have just found you and your website…what an inspiration! I teach Ethnobotany, wild plant harvesting, nature connection and survival skills here in WA for the last 14 years and I LOVE your writing style…

    Very entertaining and great technical info! Thanks for your thorough article here-I would love to share it on my website (just building). My partner is an avid fisherman and hunter as well. Your books are going to be a part of our library ASAP.

    I hope we can join you some time in the future for one of your adventures.


  12. hanna castro

    I’ve known forever about daylilies being edible. When I was about 8 the roots and white parts of the stalk raw were my favorite snack. they taste like sugar snap peas shell, sweet but crisp.

  13. RLM McWilliams

    The buds are wonderful lightly steamed. The flavor is then similar to greenbeans – young, tender, juciy ones straight from a garden, with maybe a touch of pea flavor.
    Only the base of the stalks are really edible. They are best long before the daylily is in bud or flower.
    As someone else pointed out, the new shoots in late winter or early spring are also edible, with good flavor.
    In addition to checking for sensitivities, people should make sure that any plant they are considering consuming is growing in a wholesome environment. An isolated roadside or a yard that is not sprayed with chemicals should yeild daylilies that are safe to eat, but we would not eat anything growing beside a busy road, or near a ‘chemlawn’. Synthetic chemicals or heavy metals in the soil can cause reactions, or make people ill.
    And – though you mention that you are not talking about ‘Easter lilies’, Hemerocallis are not true lilies. To help avoid confusion, we always refer to them by their binomial or botanical name, Hemerocallis fulva. In casual conversation we avoid shortening their common name ‘daylily’ to just ‘lily’.
    By the way, some true lilies, ‘Lilium’, are poisonous, but some are edible. As ever, everyone should be certain about what they are eating before trying it!

  14. Carol

    So, no one mentions the (what looks like) little black “berries” on the Day lilies. Do I avoid those? Not sure what function they have on the lily. Any information?

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  16. Sue

    There are no “berries” on daylilies. Do the leaves of these “daylilies” come up from the ground (daylily) or off of a vertical stalk (lily)?

  17. Wednesday (Part 2) | quercuscommunity

    […] piece of foraged food to the list (and will be writing it up in the Wild Food section shortly. Day lily buds. We don’t have many lilies but after watching several school groups grab pieces for their […]

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