Lily bulbs are called yurine (百合根, ゆりね) in Japanese and they are the edible bulb of the lily plant. It can be eaten raw, stir-fried, deep-fried (like tempura), simmered, or added into sweets, or soups.
Lily bulbs consist of tightly layered flat scales or petals, connected at the stem base, similar to garlic. The raw petals are crisp and crunchy and have a mild, refreshing flavor, similar to water chestnuts. Cooked lily bulbs taste sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste, similar to turnips and potatoes. They also have a crunchy, starchy texture.
Recipe Using Lily Bulb