Ginger Chocolate Daylily Buds

Daylilies get sweeter and spicier in this 3-ingredient wild dessert!

Can you eat Daylilies?

Yes! Daylilies have multiple edible parts: tubers, young shoots, buds, and mature flowers. It’s important to make sure you have the correct species, as many other lilies are toxic.

What do Daylilies taste like?

Daylilies have a mild botanical flavor, with a pleasant sweetness. Depending on the species and growing conditions, they also frequently have a creeping spiciness, similar to the heat of fresh ginger. Here, we turn daylily buds into a simple dessert bite by pairing their naturally sweet-spicy flavors with ginger and chocolate.

What’s the difference between Wild Ginger and Farmed Ginger?

There are several species of wild ginger in North America, all with their own flair flavor. Generally speaking, wild ginger rhizomes are smaller and more fragrant than cultivated ginger. The two gingers aren’t even in the same genus – but their flavor and aroma are distinctly similar. Use whatever you have on hand for this recipe!

Where can I buy Daylilies?

Right Here! Foraged Market allows you to purchase directly from foragers, farmers, and craft food makers.
Shop specialty produce here!

collect daylily buds
melt chocolate and ginger
coat daylily buds
top with ginger and chill

Ginger Chocolate Daylily Buds

Daylilies get sweeter and spicier in this 3-ingredient wild dessert!
Prep Time10 mins
chill time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: chocolate, daylily, ginger
Author: JB Douglas


  • Double Boiler
  • Wire Rack


  • 10-20 daylily buds
  • 6 oz semi-sweet or dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh ginger root (wild or cultivated)


  • 1. In a double boiler, gently melt chocolate and stir in 1.5 tbsp minced ginger.
  • 2. Dip each daylily bud into the melted chocolate, allowing excess chocolate to drip off. Set on a wire rack and sprinkle with the remaining ginger.
  • 3. Transfer the rack of dipped buds to the fridge to chill until the chocolate is firm.


When selecting daylily buds for this recipe, choose buds that are large but still quite tight and firm. Buds that are on the verge of opening up will split open from the heat when dipping into the chocolate.

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