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