Learning to forage for your food is perfect for keeping your reliance off of others and on yourself. In the Spring and Summer, you will find a lot of edible plants, flowers, and roots to stock your own pantry with. The best part is that you can even plant some of these yourself, and have a beautiful, edible garden.
Growing in the garden or in parts in the Spring is a gorgeous flower, the grape hyacinth, or Muscari armeniacum.
You fill find grape hyacinths bloom time in the late spring. They will often grow in open areas, meadows and dry grassy areas. Grape Hyacinth flowers have a bulbous root, and will grow to be 6-12 inches in height. The blossoms are tiny, urn shaped, blue flowers that form in clusters like a grapes. Each blossom will have a thin white rim on the bottom. arks or in open meadows.
The blossoms have a slightly sour, slightly grapey flavor, and are a source of Vitamins A and C. Although there are no poisonous parts on the grape hyacinth, the blossoms are most often used, rather than their leaves, stems or roots.
Want to grow your own grape hyacinth flowers? Keep these tips in mind:
- Grape Hyacinths can grow in sun or shade
- They need moist, but not overly wet soil, so plant with good drainage
- grape hyacinth roots can become invasive, spreading quickly, plant with plenty of space to move.
- You can also grow grape hyacinths in pots to avoid spreading to quickly.
To plant the grape hyacinth bulbs:
- loosen soil and remove weeds and rocks
- plant in groups of 10 or more, putting bulbs at least 6 inches in the ground
- plant bulbs at least 2 inches apart from each other
Once you have harvested some of the tiny flowers, by carefully snipping the blossoms at the stem, you will want to try this delicious cordial for a refreshing summer drink!
Grape Hyacinth Cordial
To make this you will need:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup blossoms
1. In a heavy bottomed skillet, bring to a boil the water and sugar.
2. Add the blossoms, and turn off the heat.
3. Cover and allow to infuse for 1 hour.
4. Drain the blossoms and compost.
5. In an iced tea glass filled with ice, add 3 Tablespoons syrup.
6. Fill the glass the rest of the way with seltzer water. Enjoy immediately.
Have you ever foraged for your food? Will you look for grape hyacinth or plant them yourself this year?