Garden Alphabet: Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

A tasty addition for any herb garden that grows so easily. These plants are starting to flower, so I will make sure to capture the seed and put it back into the container in order to grow an entire new set for future meals.

Garden Alphabet: Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) | A Gardener's Notebook with Douglas E. Welch


Chives is the common name of Allium schoenoprasum, the smallest species of the edible onions.[1] A perennial plant, it is native to EuropeAsia and North America.[2] A. schoenoprasum is the only species of Allium native to both the New and the Old Worlds.

The name of the species derives from the Greek skhoínos (sedge) and práson (leek).[3] Its English name, chives, derives from the French word cive, from cepa, the Latin word for onion.[4]

Chives are a commonly used herb and can be found in grocery stores or grown in home gardens. In culinary use, the scapes and the unopened, immature flower buds are diced and used as an ingredient for fishpotatoessoups, and other dishes. Chives have insect-repelling properties that can be used in gardens to control pests.[5] Wikipedia

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