Heme­ro­cal­lis spp

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The pe­tals of daylilies have a slightly sweet, crunchy tex­ture. Saute the buds in oil or but­ter for a sat­is­fy­ing pop in the mouth and a mild beany-gree­nie taste. The Chi­nese add the flow­ers as a thick­ener in hot and sour soups.

Don’t con­fuse daylilies with true lil­lies which are poi­sonous – the low clumps of long nar­row leaves are the give­away. Try only a lit­tle at first as a few peo­ple find that it up­sets their stom­ach.

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