As their name implies, each daylily bloom only lasts for one day. Luckily for us, the daylily plant will give life to several flowers throughout the course of what is usually a number of weeks. The flowers are not needed for reproduction, though bugs benefit from the blooms so leave plenty behind. Daylilies are an edible flower that can be used in winter stews, soups, and batters. They are often a component of hot and sour soup. See the recipe here.
How To Store Daylilies And Other Edible Wildflowers
- Collect open or closed daylily buds by popping the heads off
Similar to the way you did as a child with dandelions.
- Cut off any green or especially bitter parts. Also snip off the pollen covered stamen if the bloom is open.
- Clean them thoroughly under cool or room temperature water.
You definitely don’t want any bugs left inside.
- Place on your dehydrator tray and dehydrate for about 24 hours at 105 F, or until completely dry.
Any moisture left in the flowers could cause them to spoil. You can also try dehydrating them in the oven by leaving the door partially open and setting it at the lowest temperature; or go the old fashioned way and try sun-drying them if weather conditions are right.
- Store in a sealed container in a cool dark place.
Assuming the flowers were dried thoroughly, they will keep for up to 1 year.