Mountain Valley Growers USDA Certified Organic Herb, Perennial and Vegetable Plants

 

Allium schoenoprasum Chives

Chives growing in a window box

Little spears of culinary delight pretty well sums up the chive. Not as overwhelmingly oniony as an onion, the chive has a subtler yet still rich flavor that works well alone, like on top of your baked potatoes, or with other ingredients, like baked into bread. They grow just about everywhere and with very little effort. Every three years or so they need to be lifted and divided because they tend to grow themselves out of space. They don't dry well, but they can be frozen.

Chive flowers are pretty too and can be used for garnish in salads or light stir fries. Chives are sometimes used as an edging plant because they are easy to grow and have attractive mauve colored flowers.

Chive seeds can be sprouted for a nutritious winter dish. Please make sure you use organic seed, either seeds you have grown in your organic garden, or ones purchased from a reputable dealer.

Chives are part of the mixture 'Fines Herbes' ,a mixture of finely chopped fresh herbs usually added at the end of cooking. Herbs commonly used are equal parts of three or four of the following: Basil, Chervil, Chives, Marjoram, Mint, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Tarragon or Thyme. The easiest way to "chop"  Chives is to cut them with scissors.

Chive Plant Flower

The picture to the right shows young chives ready for shipping. The older they get, the fatter their spears get.

When you harvest chives take a section of spears (leaves) in your hand (just what you need for dinner) and cut that section all the way to the ground. If you cut in mid spear, then that spear will turn into dead grass and make cutting new growth cleanly difficult.

Chives are one of the six plants chosen to be in our Kitchen Herb Garden Six Pack.

They also make a good addition to our Edible Flower Herb Garden Six Pack
and our Windowsill Herb Garden Six Pack.

Try 3 Chive plants and 3 Garlic Chive plants together with our 20 Inch Oval Pot and Soil for a bit of Culinary Delight!

Pots of Chives ready for shipping.

 

 

Cultural Information

Height: 1 Foot 

Hardiness: Perennial
in Zones 3-11

Flower Color: Pink 

Characteristics: Full Sun,
Herbaceous

Uses: Butterfly Plant,
Culinary,
Dried Flower,
Edible Flowers,
Ornamental,

 

 

Organic Chive Plant

$4.50 per 3 inch pot

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