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1. Intro
2. Materials
3. Kitchen Equipment
4. Procedure

Close up photo of Daylily

1. Intro

When was the last time you bought a can of asparagus?
Were you shocked with the $3.00 + price per can? I can definitely state that I am.
Especially in light of the fact that when I eat asparagus I want a good portion on my plate.
One can of Jolly Green Giant just does not do.
And one 'Bunch' of fresh asparagus from the produce section also does not.

Well you say, why not grow your own!

That's easier said than done. It takes a lot of time to prepare that asparagus bed.
The soil has to be just right and then you only get that asparagus in the spring.

Here's my solution. Get a substitute that's free, grows untended practically everywhere,
and has a growing season for a couple of months
( in our area - S.W Pa., from the end of June to the end of August ).
Go out in the country and pick off the 'Buds' from Daylilies.

Foraging wild edibles by itself is one fun aspect.
Doing it with family and/or friends, whether in the field or forest,
or in the kitchen for final preparation, adds to that enjoyment.

Finally, getting something for nothing appeals to almost everyone
and knowing that makes the product you gathered and preserved even more satisfying.

2. Materials

All you'll need for this venture is a stout bag,
some kitchen utensils that you normally use when preparing asparagus
and a source of Daylilies. That's it.

You know already what they look like.
They grow practically everywhere and I would bet big bucks
that if you drive a couple of miles in any direction
you will see these growing along the roadsides.

photo showing a group of Daylilies growing at the edge of a field.
Here's a whole slew of Daylilies growing along the edge of a field.
There were enough here to equal about 15 pounds.

3. Kitchen Equipment

A Steamer pot.
Any other pots and pans you normally use.

4. Procedure

What you want ( for this episode of Daylily cuisine, others episodes will be coming )
is the ' unopened flower buds '.
You can see in the photo what you will be gathering.
Close-up of unpicked Daylily pods.
Here's what you will snip off the stem. Just use your fingernail and pinch/break off.

After a few minutes of breaking off pods you will see how easy this is
AND how free. ( more on next page )

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