Chives – More About This Culinary Herb

Four culinary species of chives are widely grown for their foliage; fragrant garlic chives from central Asia, with red striped petals; onion chives, with umbels of pink flowers; garlic or Chinese chives with white flowers and delicious, garlic scented strap like foliage chives, with mauve flowers and both a green and variegated leaf form.

Green Goddess Salad Dressing Using Chives

The plant requires a well tilled and weed free soil, good drainage and a sunny position. Raise all forms and their relatives by seed. Regular weeding is essential, particularly in the earlier stages of growth. Do not over water. Use the foliage fresh.

Depending on the variety, the edible stems have a mild onion or garlic flavour that goes well with sauces, stews, mashed vegetables, fish, poultry and egg dishes, cream cheeses and salad dressings. The delicate flavour is easily destroyed by heat, so add during the last few minutes of cooking time, or scatter them on a finished dish to garnish.

Snip the stems with scissors rather than chop them with a knife. They are essential in the French fines herbes together with chervil, parsley and tarragon. Snip finely and freeze in ice cube trays to preserve. The flowers make a pretty garnish.

information sourced from The Complete Book of Herbs

Lavender and Lime Signature
Top of Page

No votes yet.
Please wait...

25 thoughts on “Chives – More About This Culinary Herb

  1. Tandy, one of the herbs we don’t grow – I must talk to Pete about planting some. Thanks for all the info! 🙂

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. It is so easy to plant and needs very little looking after 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  2. Hi Tandy, a lovely post and a great reminder about a fab herb. I also love chives for the simple reason that year on year they survive in the garden with little or no attention from me!

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. me too! Mine just go the distance 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  3. I adore chives! I grow them in my garden every year,…bunches of them! 🙂

    Your writing is so cool! 🙂

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. I love the pretty flowers the most 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  4. Every week you make me crave whatever you’re writing about!

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. that is a great compliment 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  5. And bees love them, even out here on the frozen tundra they come back every year, they are my first purple flowers!! c

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. oh, I did not know that! I will watch out for the bees 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  6. I agree, I never knew they grew flowers like that, how wonderful! I voted for ya! Good Luck!

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. thanks for the vote Jen 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  7. I agree, I never knew they grew flowers like that, how wonderful!

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. I use the flowers in salads 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  8. Love chives, always one of the herbs that I have growing in the garden.
    🙂 Mandy

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. me too, but the one I use the least somehow 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  9. I used to grow chives in my rose bed, as I had read that it keep the aphids away. Love to use them in cooking too. 😉

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. I know that Rue keeps the aphids away but at least chives are useful 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  10. As I look at the snow outside, salads with chives seem a long way away. Nice post.

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. thanks Roger – at least you know the snow won’t last 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  11. Thanks for such a wonderful read. I love chives, but never really thought about where they come from or how they grow. I love having a new appreciation for things I use daily

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. me too, it makes using my herbs more exciting 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...

I would love to hear from you ♥

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge