How To Grow Chives

How To Grow Chives

Chives are a very popular garnishing spice in French and Chinese cooking.

Chives are used fresh or dried. The light purplish flowers of chives have a light, delicate chivelike flavor. The entire length of the tubular leaf is used in foods. Chinese chives have flat and wider stems than regular chives.

Chinese chives or garlic chives are slightly garlicky and stronger in flavor than onion chives. They tend to lose most of their flavor through drying and when exposed to heat.

Tips for keeping your Chives happy

Regular cutting helps keep plants vigorous and healthy and encourages spreading. Keep flowers picked to discourage dormancy in warm weather. Chives can be sheared back without worry and will in fact return fuller and denser.