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Wild Edibles - The Daylily by Tactical Intelligence on July 2nd, 2010 Disclaimer: Eating certain wild plants can be deadly!! Be certain to consult a professional (or a really good field guide) in order to positively identify this plant before trying this for yourself. The o ners of this site ill not be held responsible for any lapses in !udg ent or stupidity hen handling or consu ing ild plants. The daylily (hemerocallis fulva) is a very co on orna ental plant that has found a ho e in any yar
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  Wild Edibles - The Daylily  by Tactical Intelligence on July 2nd, 2010  Disclaimer: Eating certain wild plants can be deadly!! Be certain to consult a professional (or a really good field guide) in order to positively identify this plant before trying this for yourself. The oners of this site ill not be held responsible for any lapses in !udg ent or stupidity hen handling or consu ing ild plants. The daylily ( hemerocallis fulva ) is a very co on orna ental plant that has found a ho e in any yards and gardens throughout the #nited $tates. %espite its co on occurrence, fe reali&e the year'round food potential of this plant. In this article Ill go into detail about ho to identify, process and eat these delicious plants. How to Identify Daylilies Before you atte pt to eat any ild edible you need to be absolutely certain you can identify it ith 100 certainty. *uc+ily, daylilies, hen in floer, have no poisonous loo+'a'li+es. But to those that only see a all of green- out there, everything loo+s ali+e. In that case here are the  +ey things to loo+ out for hen properly identifying daylilies/ 6-petaled flower that facesupwards.  These are typically orange but so e have  been bred to be different colors. In all daylilies the floer only lasts a single day (hence the na e   )  Leafless flower stalk that is about 3 feet tall.  The stal+ that supports the floer head ill have no leaves on it. This is a good co parison to the Blue lag Iris hich is poisonous and has leaves on its floer stal+. Liht-reen basal lea!es that are lon and sword-like with pointed tips. oot is a tanle of s#all tubers.  The tubers are around pea si&e to about the si&e of a large al ond.If you can positively identify each of these  attributes above, its pretty certain that your loo+ing at a daylily. How to Eat a Daylily Eatin in the Different $easons The great thing about daylilies is that there is alays so ething to eat fro this plant all year round. In the late all and inter (as ell as all year round) you can eat the tubers (root nodules), in the $pring the young shoots are edible and delicious as a stir fry, and in the $u er you can eat the floer buds and the floers.  I would reco##end waitin until $u##er to eat these as it will ha!e all of the attributes a!ailable to #ake for an accurate identification.  $ince its a perennial plant (lives longer than to years) you can then co e bac+ to the stand during the folloing springti e to get the young shoots.If you do decide to gather the in the $pring, care #ust be taken not to #istake the# with so#e of the poisonous irises and lilies that e#ere around the sa#e ti#e.  ne of the best ays to identify the is to unearth the young shoot, roots and all. 3oure loo+ing to find s all potato'li+e tubers ith tiny hair'li+e roots attached to the (see the picture I too+ in the section above). If you unearth one long, thic+ rhi&o e ithout tubers or a single bulb, then youve got the rong plant. What %arts to Eat The edible portions of the plant (tubers, young shoots, floer buds and floers) can all be eaten ra. 4oever, there have been reports that so e people react ith nausea, vo iting, or diarrhea5    especially if they eat a bunch of it). 6oo+ing it is supposed to help reduce these effects. Just try out a s all a ount and see if you have any sy pto s. 7ll y friends and fa ily ho try this plant have never e8perienced this. Tubers&  3oull ant to re ove the hair'li+e roots and thic+ rhi&o es. ash and clean the and boil the in ater for about 19 inutes for best taste (you can eat the ra). $o e people li+e to peel the li+e potatoes, hoever I find the s+in is !ust fine to eat along ith the starchy centers5ithout the hassle. In this picture Ive peeled so e and left others ith the s+in. 'lowers&  The floer have a pleasant seet taste hen eaten ra and also can be dipped in batter and fried. Day-old 'lowers&  The ilted floers (above'left in the picture) can be reconstituted in soups. 'lowers (uds&  Both the floer buds about to bloo (botto left) and those that still have a hile (botto right) are e8cellent in your favorite stir fry recipe.  )oun $hoots&  The young shoots are e8cellent ra, in salads or ith dip. They are also great in stir fry.The benefit of learning ild edibles is that it can greatly i prove and e8tend your long'ter food storage. 4eres an e8a ple of using so e of y stored rice ith so e fresh daylily floers, stir'fried  buds, and boiled daylily tubers. 3u : Daylily *utrition Infor#ation %aylily floers and tubers are high in protein and oils. The floer buds are good sources of beta carotene and vita in 6. +ther *otes 7lthough daylilies are an e8cellent food source, you should be aare that research done in 6hinese laboratories have reported that there are potentially to8ic substances in the roots hich ay be cu ulative. ;eep in ind that people have been eating these plants for centuries ithout being  poisoned so use the ith respect and in oderation. elated posts& 1.ild <dibles/ 4o to =a+e <lderberry Jelly 2.The antastic our >  <ssential ild <dible ?lants that =ay Just $ave 3our *ife @.4o to <at %andelion loers .4o to Identify ild <dible and =edicinal ?lants 5. %andelion Areens > The ?erfect $pring $urvival ood ã ?osted in #rban $urvival, ild <dibles, ilderness $urvival
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