Hualien Aboriginal Harvest Festival

Every year from August to September, seas of orange daylily flowers appear in Hualien’s Yuli and Fuli. In Chinese culture, daylilies are the flower for mothers, much like carnations in the Occident.

These orange daylilies are native to Taiwan, but there are actually yellow ones here as well. And they are from Britain. In Chinese, they’re literally called “perfume daylilies” because of their scent.

You guys are really lucky. This here is the most expensive field of daylily flowers in Taiwan.
The most expensive?

This is a sea of top grade daylily flowers. You won’t find a daylily field bigger than this.
I hear they don’t usually bloom as beautifully as these.
They don’t usually bloom.

Daylily farmers actually avoid letting the flower buds bloom, because the buds are worth much more money. The flowers are beautiful, but they only last one day. Hence the name “daylily.”

Miss! A little too short.
You killed another one.
This direction. Good. Yes. That’s a miss. One more time. Oh he killed another one.

Picking daylily buds isn’t as easy as it looks, isn’t it? After they’ve been collected, some are dried and packaged. Today we’re going to get a taste of the fresh ones.

Stir fried, dipped in batter then deep fried, made into Cantonese pastry, soups and salads - daylily buds can be used in a large variety of dishes.
It felt like really tender beans or some kind of vegetable or something. Really tender and really crisp at the same time.

Exactly. What impressed me the most was I think the combination of the texture and the tenderness and also the smell. It really felt like, when you taste, you also can smell the intensity of the flower and you can really almost feel it from your nose to your tongue. It was amazing. I really enjoyed it.