edible lilies; was: Re: [pbs] Should I grow it or eat it?

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@starpower.net
Wed, 21 Jul 2004 09:09:12 PDT
At 08:57 AM 7/21/2004 -0700, Diane Whitehead wrote:
>The grocery stores in Chinatown here sell lily bulbs as food, and 
>some of our Lily Society members have grown them instead  of eating 
>them. They had orange recurved flowers.

And they were probably tiger lilies, right?

Last year a Chinese medical student studying here in the D.C. area somehow
got my name and called me with questions about lilies grown as food. I
invited him over, and showed him the tiger lilies. He did not speak much
English (but he spoke a lot more English than I speak Chinese!) and I was
not always able to follow him. He wanted to know where he could buy them
for culinary purposes. When I explained that we don't typically eat them, a
sort of light seemed to go on - I think he got the idea that here was
something missing from the American scene, a gap he could fill. 

I wouldn't be surprised to hear that he is now growing and selling tiger
lilies locally somewhere.

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where I'm trying to work up
the courage to stir-fry some tiger lily bulbs; does anyone have a receipe? 

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