This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The roots of our native lilies were articles of food with the Indians. According to a note of Mr. Van Volxem to the Gardener's Chronicle concerning Lilium auratum, it seems they are eaten also in Japan. He says: "It was much later, and far north of To-kio, that I saw them wild, coming out of the margin of the natural shrubberies, generally with a single huge blossom, sometimes two, rarely three. It is no wonder we got at first notice such quantities of them, as the bulbs are a common article of diet with the natives, and are sold everywhere as a vegetable in the markets. I have eaten them pretty often, and rather relished them, as they cooked, sweet, mucilaginous, and without any are, when decided taste to make them objectionable to a new-comer."