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Updated: 2012-05-16

Jinzhencai, literally meaning golden needle vegetable, is also called daylily. The best daylily is the Yinjiang type. As a perennial herb of the Liliaceae, it has a fresh bulb underground and flat, narrow leaves. The leaves are the best materials for making paper after they are dried. The buds are called lilies and are a kind of vegetable, with the name "daylily" or "lily". The tender stem is also edible, known as "lily shoots" or "jade bamboo shoots". Daylily features a soft texture and golden color. It is fresh and delicious, nutrient-rich with a unique flavor. In addition, it can be used for antipyretic, stomachic, sedative, antihypertensive and diuresis treatments.