Common Name: Chives – Onion
Latin Name: Allium schoenoprasum
Description: Onion flavoured, grass-like stems with slender bulbs which, when left to flower, have decorative pink blossoms in summer. May die down in the coldest months of winter but will come back when the weather warms up. Perennial. 15cm.
Harvesting: Harvest frequently by snipping quite low with scissors. Don’t cut all leaves at once as this may exhaust the plants.
Best Results: Best used fresh or finely chopped and frozen into ice cubes.
Uses: Use leaves instead of onions in salads, soups, omelettes and cheese dishes. Flowers are a beautiful garnish and should be included in stirfries.
Companion: Companions for roses, tomatoes and fruit trees to help deter insects.