Lily Bulb Health Benefits and Uses: Lily bulb provides protein and starch. They will have a chewy texture, slightly crunchy. Most bulbs are planted in the fall. Cut off and discard tips (the stem ends) which will be tough. 99 ($1.70/Ounce) When you take them out of storage, if your bulbs appeared over-dried, there are a few ways to rehydrate them. You only need a little at a time. Soak Dried Lily Buds in warm water for 20 to 30 minutes, then rinse. Dried lily buds, also known as gum jum choi, “golden needles,” and “tiger lilies,” are among the most notable of edible flowers in Chinese cuisine. Cut the buds in half, then use as is or pull into shreds. OUYANGHENGZHI Lanzhou Chinese Fresh and Non-sulfur Dried Lily Bulb Healthy Food Bai He 百合干 250g/8.8oz 4.1 out of 5 stars 15 $14.99 $ 14 . Lily bulb is typically gathered in the autumn, cleaned, then sun dried. Fresh lily bulb has a light sweet taste and a crispy texture similar to that of the green sugar peas or the lotus root. When dried, lily bulb turns a little yellowish like the ones in the photo above. Although dry is the ideal state for stored bulbs, some bulbs, such as amaryllis or lily-of-the-valley, require soaking before planting to give them a head start.