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Chives Growing And Cooking
Chives (Allium schoenoprasums) is a small, clump forming perrenial a relative of the onion.
Its leaves are grass~like in appearance, long, slender and hollow.
Unlike other herbs, chives are best used fresh.
I love growing my own chives..they are always fresh, and there when I need them. The long slender hollow leaves can be sniped right from the plant, rinsed chopped, ready to use.
Chives have a more delicate flavor than onion and also is the smallest of the onion family.
Just snip these blades from the plant, leaving the bulb in the ground and it will continue to grow..
Planting Chives,Learn how to plant chives in a unique container
Allium schoenoprasum commonly known as Chives
Plant seeds or established divisions in early spring, in a sunny location with moist soil. Pinch back to encourage vigorous growth. The leaves of the chive plant are the main product, so it is not necessary to dig up the plant. If you just cut the long scrappy leaves from the plant, the leaves will continue to grow..It is best to divide the clumps every second or third year in early spring. They will then continue to grow and multiply as well, forming Clumps 10 to 12 inches tall.
After planting seeds, you can expect to begin clipping within a month or two.
Chives have a pretty and dainty looking pinkish, purple blossom, making the plant pretty enough to use as a border plant as well as in a herb garden..The flowers grow in clusters atop the slender stems...And yes the flowers are edible.
The chive plant is evergreen in mild climates, making it possible to use year round. However where winters are severe the chive plant will die back.
It is possible to divide into small clumps, plant in a pot and place in a kitchen window.
Cooking And Chives
How to Cook with Chives
Cooking With Chives
Chives have a more delicate flavor than onion and also is the smallest of the onion family. If you like a milder onion taste, then try chives.
Chives are commonly used as culinary herbs to impart mild onion flavor to many foods, including salads, soups, vegetables and sauces.
Chives are chopped raw and typically used for seasoning salads and omelettes, or as a topping for baked potatoes.
Snip a bundle of chives from the clump using your kitchen shears, then snip into small pieces. Chives can be snipped with your kitchen shears right over the bowl , No need to get out the cutting board and knife. Chives not only add flavor to the intended food but make for a pretty garnish.
Chive Blossom Omelet
Sprinkle four chive blossoms, that have been broken into individual florets and 3 tablespoons grated Swiss cheese down the center of an 3 egg omelet just before folding the egg in half to serve, Sprinkle the omelet with finely chopped chives if desired
Combining one stick of softened sweet butter with 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice, 3 tbsp. of fresh chopped chives and 1/4 tsp ground pepper. Slather liberally over a grilled corn on the cob.
Cooking With Herbs
Other Herbs That May Be Of Interest
- Oregano The Pizza Herb
In some areas, oregano is known as the pizza herb. Oregano has oval leaves and the flowers are shades of pink to purple.The leaves of the oregano make for a fine flavoring in spicy foods.
- Basil Fresh From The Garden
Basil leaves are good in salads and add zest to any tomato dish. It has a rich, slightly spicy flavor with mild hints of mint and cloves.
- Rosemary And Its Many Uses
Rosemary is a perennial herb. It has needle- like leaves that grow on a woody stem and branches..Rosemary has many culinary uses. The leaves are used to flavor various foods, such as stuffing's and roast meats.
- Lemon Balm Fresh From The Garden
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) Is a lemon flavored perennial from the mint family. It is a versatile herb that cooks love.
Growing chives - 3 day time lapse ,I always thought the chives I grow on the windowsill grow back at an extraordinary rate and wanted to attempt my first bit of
Growing and cooking with Chives
Chives (Allium schoenoprasums) is a small, clump forming perrenial a relative of the onion. Its leaves are grass~like in appearance, long, slender and hollow. Unlike other herbs, chives are best used fresh.