Let me start off this entry by saying that I am one of those people whose anthropomorphic skill set extends beyond projecting human characteristics onto animals and inanimate objects. I do the same with plants, and I believe that our proud chives need some attention! They were mistakenly overlooked in favor of the ever-popular basil, lavender and mint plantings at last week's free herb harvest. I think it may be because people don't know how awesome they are! They are hearty (hard to kill), perennial, beautiful (their flowers are gorgeous), and can be a delicious part of every meal!
At our next harvest (date TBA) check out our chives! Harvest the stems that are not yet flowers like the one below. Do you see how it is about to grow a flower yet, but hasn't? This is a good choice. Snip it at its base so we avoid that unattractive chive stubble!
There are a variety of ways you can enjoy this wonderful herb; it's not just for topping your potatoes! With a milder flavor than onion, chives are usually snipped raw as a finishing touch for salads, soups, sauces, vegetable and fish dishes. Chives also work well in egg dishes such as quiche and omelets. Here are the top 20 chive recipes according to Allrecipes.com.
Is there an edible that you love, that seems to get overlooked by more popular (common) fruits, vegetables, or herbs? Why do you think it has an image problem? Let us know!
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