This popular herb is easy to grow and a great addition to any garden. It is easy to differentiate between onion chives and garlic chives. Garlic chives have a flat, grass-like leaf, unlike the hollow leaf of its oniony cousin.
Some info for those serious green fingers. Garlic chives/Allium tuberosum is indicative of its oniony roots and falls alongside the Liliaceae family (now as fast as you can say liliaceae family 10times!) but unlike onions and other types of garlic, the fibrous bulb is not edible. The stems and flowers are what this herb is grown for. One can propagate either from seed or division. Just keep in mind that propagation from seed can lead to invasion, so once your chives are flowering it is probably best to remove the flowers before they dry and drop. Maintaining your garlic chives is fairly straightforward. They tend to be drought tolerant but do enjoy moist soil so water when needed depending on your soil. When they are ready either clip them all the way to the ground or leave a couple of centimeters to allow re-growth.
Garlic chives have a multitude of culinary uses adding a delicious fresh blend of garlic and onion infused flavours to the palate. Not restricted to the dinner table this herb is also said to be beneficial to the digestive system and is a nutrient dense food. Another benefit to planting garlic chives is that they are a great companion plant to the likes of lettuce, peas, celery even roses.
And for those on a restrictive diet who do not or cannot add salts and flavorings this is an ideal herb as it contains a very low fat content and is high in dietary fibre and protein that helps to maintain a healthy and balanced metabolism. (Did I just say metabolism and low fat in the same sentence…Please excuse me I’m off to stuff myself with garlic chives) Happy Gardening!