Dried lily flowers, also known as tiger lilies and golden needle vegetable (gum jum choi), are the edible flower buds of the daylily plant. These young buds are used as a vegetable, in traditional medicine, and particularly prominent during Lunar New Year as a symbol of wealth. Daylily buds are used for their woody flavor that is sweet, earthy, and complex with a distinctive tender-crisp texture. These vegetables are excellent added to stir-fry dishes, soups, and dumplings.
Uses: Soak lily flowers in water for about an hour or until softened. Trim the hard stems about 1/5th of an inch from the bottom of the buds and add the reconstituted flowers to your favorite preparations such as stir-fry dishes.