Whether you call them grape hyacinth or Muscari, these beautifully coloured potted bulbs bring colour and spring into your home.
Colours and shapes
Grape hyacinths derive their name from the grape-shaped flowers, which come in white, blue, lilac, purple and pink. The popular potted bulbs have a light musk fragrance, which is reflected in the scientific name Muscari.
The grape hyacinth is not just famous for its fantastic appearance; it’s also appreciated for its culinary and medicinal qualities. If you use grape hyacinth in your cooking* you should expect a slightly bitter flavour similar to spring onions. The Greeks eat them pickled. Their medicinal effect is particularly related to their high levels of vitamins C and antioxidants. The grape hyacinth does not have a clear symbolism, but if we look at the blue colour this plant represents self-confidence and responsibility.
The grape hyacinth is native to Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and the Caucasus. Luckily we can also enjoy this cheerful harbinger of spring here nowadays. Interesting fact: according to the plant classification system the grape hyacinth can be classified in both the asparagus family and the hyacinth family.
One more thing: never just bite into a (cut) flower or plant - only use edible varieties from specialist suppliers that have been grown for consumption.