Latin name: Allium schoenoprasum
🌱 Days to Sprout: 7-21
😋 Plant food: after roots are visible
✂️ No thinning required
🍅 Days to Maturity: 75-85
💡 Light Zone: Minimum
📏 Plant Size: 1 ft
💚 Care Level: Intermediate
This member of the onion family is native to Asia and Europe. The botanical name comes from a Greek word meaning “reed-like leek”.
Chives can help blood circulation and the digestive system. They are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Chives contain particularly high levels of vitamin C.
Chives have the most flavor fresh, and are the perfect topping to add a little oniony flavor to nearly any dish. They pair especially well with seafood, and they are great as a garnish for cream soups, eggs, and potato or macaroni salad. Chive flowers are also edible. Try them as a garnish or use them to make homemade infused vinegar.
Care & Harvest
🌿 Harvest: For ongoing harvest, let the leaves grow at least 4 inches tall before cutting them down to 1-2 inches above the base. The flowers are edible, too! Store Chives loosely wrapped in a paper towel in the veggie drawer of your refrigerator.
Harvest To Plate Recipe
Fresh Chive Vinaigrette
Photo / Recipe Source: Bon Appetit
- 1/2 small garlic clove, finely chopped
- Kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar or fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 8 cups salad greens and fresh herb leaves and tender stems - use any combination you have!
- Combine garlic and a pinch of salt in a large salad bowl.
- Mash to a paste with a fork.
- Mix in vinegar, then oil and chives; season with salt and pepper.
- Add greens and herbs and toss to coat.
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