The daylilies are up. These perennial flowers were originally brought to the U.S. as an edible vegetable. In the spring you can eat the green bud shoots like a string bean. The flowers themselves are great stir fried. A common food in China, these flowers make Egg Foo Young, the tasty dish it is. The settlers often planted then around the homestead. If you see daylilies deep in the woods, chances are there was once a homestead there. This is a great place to search for antique bottles, tools or pottery.
The flowers of some species are edible and are used in Chinese cuisine. They are sold (fresh or dried) in Asian markets as gum jum or golden needles (金针 in Chinese; pinyin: jīnzhēn) or yellow flower vegetables (黃花菜 in Chinese; pinyin: huánghuācài). They are used in hot and sour soup, daylily soup (金針花湯), Buddha’s delight, and moo shu pork. The young green leaves and the tubers of some (but not all) species are also edible. The plant has also been used for medicinal purposes. Care must be used as some species of lilies can be toxic.