Friday, October 8, 2010

The Tiger Lily

The flowers of the tiger lily can grow up to three inches wide and is also known as a Ditch Lily because it's often  found in and around ditches in large parts of America.  It probably gets it's name as the Tiger Lily because of the spots found on it's petals.

The Tiger Lily has a strong fragrance that is sweet and smells like....well... smells like a lily.  They do seem to have a distinctive fragrance.  Besides being a bright, beautiful flower, most parts of this plant are edible; petals, shoots and roots.  (However, keep this plant away from Kitty because it's very toxic to cats.  It will cause vomiting, lethargy, kidney failure and can even be fatal.)  These parts of the flowers tend to be a bit bitter but if you bake the bulb, it tastes somewhat similar to a potato - which I suppose could be handy if you run short of spuds.

Tiger Lily is often cultivated Tiger lillies are cultivated for its edible bulbs and can be found in Asian markets.  Look for soft buds but keep in mind that the bud has to be soaked in warm water for a half hour or so to make them soft before adding them to your food.  Remove the tough stem, unless you have a vendetta on your guests.  In addition to adding flavor to Asian dishes, they're used to enhance salads and even egg dishes

The Tiger Lily is usually orange or yellow but also can be , melon, peach, yellow, white, apricot, pink, rose, lavendar, purple or red.  The  flowers lasts from ten days to three weeks and bllom from early summer to early fall.  As with most flowers, there are ancient symbolisms attached and the Tiger Lily is though to signify wealth and pride.   It was also thought that sniffing this flower would give you freckles.

Medicinally the Tiger Lily is used for treating female reproductive problems and angina.  (This is informational only - see your doctor or holistic practioner before beginning any new regimen.)  

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