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Sauteed Daylily Buds

Sautéed Daylily Buds

These are absolutely delicious! Choose buds that are just about to open. Never eat landscape plants that might be sprayed with pesticides or plants growing near a busy roadway, and do not confuse daylilies with true lilies, or lilium, which are not edible. Although most parts of the daylily are edible, some people may have an allergic reaction to them. If you are trying them for the first time, start with a nibble and wait an hour before trying more.
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: Daylily, Flowers
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Nancy Oster


  • 1.5 cups daylily buds
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • A few thin slices of daylily flowers, optional


  • Wash and dry daylily buds. Heat butter and olive in skillet and sauté shallot until lightly caramelized. Add daylily buds and sauté until softened. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
    If you like, you can garnish with a few thin slivers of daylily flowers.