Grape Hyacinth-How To Forage For, Grow Yourself, and USE

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.

Grape Hyacinth

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:

  1. loosen soil and remove weeds and rocks
  2. plant in groups of 10 or more, putting bulbs at least 6 inches in the ground
  3. 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

To make:

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?

Forgaing For Grape Hyacinth

19 thoughts on “Grape Hyacinth-How To Forage For, Grow Yourself, and USE”

      1. No! No! No! The large multicolored ornamental hyacinths are an entirely different species. They are very toxic and should never be eaten. The small thin grape hyacinth is very clear in that picture. The florets never open but remain ball shaped and look like a bunch of grapes on a stem. They are purple. The larger ornamental hyacinths come in many colors and their individual florets open like tiny trumpets. Side by side they are easy to tell apart.

    1. NO! Grape hyacinth are much smaller than the large fragrant hyacinth and you certainly shouldn’t eat regular hyacinths!

    2. Cultivated Grape Hyacinths, not the big showy many colored ornamental hyacinths! Grape Hyacinths are skinny, they have purple florets that are round, like a bunch of grapes on top of a stem. They don’t open up like the florets on ornamental hyacinths. Do not eat the large ornamental hyacinths.

    3. No! The cultivated one are toxic just like daffodils. This article is talking about about a small onion-like lawn weed. Be very careful of onion-like or garlic-like weeds. There are several poisonous family members, and also look-alikes. Death Camas, Crow Poison, and Lily of the Valley, etc. Don’t forage ignorant. Get a wild flower ID books and learn what you are doing first.

      The carrot/celery family is also risky for foragers. Be careful.

  1. This is a lovely article. We think the plants we have are grape hyacinth, but are unsure. If they are, could the blossoms and stems be used to decorate napkins or plated food?

    1. If they are edible they may be used for garnishing food. Whether eating or garnishing raise these organically. No chemical fertilizers or pest detergents! And wash well before using.

  2. I’ve been collecting these little blooms all season and last season because they smelled wonderful. I’ve been dry out and putting away. I figured I would figure out what they were later. I thought If I couldn’t use them medicinally than in my magical rituals as dark purple and blue flowers have great magic properties. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that they’re edible. I don’t think I use mine medicinally due to where the I collected but this is wonderful to learn. Thanks

  3. This is great. I grew up with these flowers in my yard, so I was delighted to learn they are edible. It may help those confused by the difference between these and the other hyacinth by pointing out that these are quite small, like a crocus, or snowdrop. The entire flower cluster is probably less than an inch wide at the widest part. I hope that helps clear up a little of the confusion. I really don’t know how anyone would have trouble telling the difference, especially since your lovely pictures show clearly what these look like fully bloomed.

  4. Fun tip. Instead of using seltzer to make a cordial, add lemon to it. It’s a fun science experiment (changes colors from the acid!) then add ice and water and you have yummy pink lemonade. My 9 year old and I had a blast foraging and experimenting.

  5. Elvera cochrell

    Thank you so much for the tips. I saw these coming up in my yard near the dandelions and wondered what they were. They smelled delicious, very floral and I wondered if I might be able to dry then and add them to my tea mix like I would with the lavender leaves. At any rate it is good to know they are eatable. I will gather them up along with the dandelion before cutting my grass.

  6. Wow I have this planted in my front yard! Thanks for sharing this information! They have been spreading a ton. I didn’t realize they were edible. I not all of them have bloomed yet, so I’ll need to wait before making this recipe but I can’t wait. I think I’ll use water kefir instead of seltzer water to make it a nice probiotic.

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