Week of May 25, 2017 - Daylily Leeks

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 2:59 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

Daylily Leeks

All daylilies are edible, but not all lilies are safe to eat. Although I use the abundant and common (throughout the northeast) orange-flowered ones in this recipe, any color day-lily will do, wild or  cultivated.

Daylilies make so much of themselves that they often crowd themselves out. Harvesting some of the stalks at the beginning of the growing season will improve the health of the plants and may increase the size of the flowers.

Here are a bunch of daylily shoots ready to prepare. They certainly look a lot like leeks, a close relation, but their taste is much sweeter and only a wee bit spicy.

Cut the daylily shoots as if they were leeks. The thin slices can be added to salads for textural crunch and sweetness, or lightly sautéed (like the cattail shoots) and served as a side dish.

Many recipes call for using the daylily roots rather than the shoots. While they do taste good, I rarely eat the roots. They are hard to dig up; while it is simplicity itself to break off shoots.  And, I find the roots far too laxative for my system. Sensitive folks may even feel some loosening in their stool from eating the shoots.

~ Poke ~

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