Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Daylily Soup 金针蛋花汤

Daylily 金针 is the flower bud of  Hemerocallis fluva ( synonym H. citrina ), a monocot perennial plant of family Hemerocallidaceae of order Asparagales. 

Dried daylily buds can be bought in most Asian market.  Fresh buds which are more gratifying, however, are harder to acquire.

As daylily buds contains colchicine, prior to cooking daylily buds, it is advisable to pre-soak the dried buds in water for about 2 hours prior to cooking.  Fresh buds need to be soaked for 30 minutes in warm water, follow by boiling for about 1 minute.


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