Garlic Chives - Plant
The natural companion to regular chives.
Garlic chives have narrow, flat gray-green leaves to 1-foot long. Its white blossoms appear in great profusion in summer and are good cut-flowers for fresh or dried arrangements. Both leaves and flowers have a pronounced garlic flavor that adds zest to salads, stir-fries, rice and noodles.
If you like chives, you'll have to try garlic chives! The same great mild onion flavor is imparted with a distinctive garlic scent and taste. Both the flat, grass-like leaves and the 1-inch white flower-heads can be used in a variety of your favorite dishes. Grow garlic chives just as you would regular chives, in full sun and well drained soil. This plant grows slightly taller than the regular chives, reaching 1 1/2 feet tall and 8-12 inches wide.
Chives are a must-have kitchen herb and are perfect for almost any savory dish. The Chives herb has tubular leaves that add a delicate onion flavor to cooking. They also make a nice garnish too with flower heads that can be used! The flowers have an even milder onion flavor.
As soon as the leaves have reached several inches in height, you can start harvesting the desired amounts for the kitchen. Cut the leaves with scissors, leaving 1 - 2 inches above the ground. Begin at the outside edge of the plant and work toward the center. Chop the leaves and use fresh or freeze for year-round use.
Chives herb uses include being companion plants to repel insect pests. Plant these herbs near almost any plant that is bothered by insect pests and the Chives will instantly drive them away.
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