These hollow, dark green, slender leaves and the flowering stems shoot full flavor! The flavor is that of a delicate onion and refreshingly light.
The delicate, edible flowers have a milder flavor than the leaves and add a decorative touch to dishes and herb oils. Use leaves in cheese and egg dishes, salads, gravies and soups.
To retain flavor, cut chives with shears rather than a knife.
Refrigerate fresh chives in sealed plastic bags for up to 4 days.
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High in vitamin A and C, folic acid and potassium.
Best in sunny, fertile locations. Keep moist, do not allow soil to dry out. Begin harvesting after plant reaches 6" in height. To renew big older plants, dig them up and cut them into pieces with a sharp garden spade. Replant the healthiest section in fresh soil, well amended with compost.