General: Grass-like perennial with tubular stalks & attractive blooms. Stalks have a mild onion-garlic flavor; fresh or dried. Nice as a garnish or used in dishes that would call for onions. Chives will grow in almost any soil type, provided ample moisture and sunlight.
Culinary Uses: Oftentimes called Chinese chives or Chinese leeks this herb can be used in dumpling stuffing's or in simple broths. Even flower stems can be softened in cooking, the heat will mellow the garlic taste as well. Garlic chives can be chopped and used as a garnish just like regular chives are; try using them in compound butter or sprinkling on soup. They can be treated more like a vegetable than an herb and used in dishes like stir-fry.
Medicinal Uses: Nutritionally and medicinally the garlic chive provide the same benefits as the common chive.
Ornamental Uses: The white blossoms are fabulously attractive to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. At first glance they seem similar to common chives but the garlic chives have wider, flatter, leaves - like extremely overgrown grass.
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