I’ve been enjoying my edimental lilies this week and eating the flowers, both is salad and in last night’s tempura!
One of the world’s most spectacular edimentals was in flower at Mount Stewart in Northern Ireland where I was doing an edimentals walk and talk at the weekend! Related to other great edimentals like Agave and Yucca, the Mexican Lily or Patleamole is sadly not likely to be hardy in my part of the world (Yucca filamentosa is hardy though!). Beschorneria is a small genus consisting of seven species that range from the southern US, Mexico and Central America. Mexican lily’s habitat is rocky massifs and cliffs in canyons and ravines from 2600 to 3,400 masl in pine-oak and fir (Abies religiosa) forest (Ref. 1). In the same reference, it is noted that “….the flowers are edible, after being boiled and fried.”
Please let me know if you have go :)
See the link to an earlier post about the delicious and beautiful Yucca flowers; http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?p=8470
Cházaro-Basáñez, M.J. and Ramirez, J.V. 2015 Introducing the Succulent Flora of Mexico: Beschorneria yuccoides (Agavaceae). Cactus and Succulent Journal 87(6): 271-272
Potted on seedlings of Taraxacum atrata….I thought this was a new (for me) white flowered dandelion, but it turns out this is a synonym of T. pamiricum which I’ve flowered before (picture from 2009 below)
The Japanese white-flowered dandelion, Taraxacum albidum showed its beautiful face yesterday :)
A selection of late May flowers in the Edible Garden: