My chives are in full bloom. This is a volunteer that showed up in the back of the garden. I’ll give it another week, and than I’ll remove the flowers and cut it back to 1 – 2 inches. This should give it a good start for another harvest later in the season.
Removal of the flowers is important; otherwise, the seeds will blow and the plant will take over your garden. This is how I ended up with this volunteer. I was a little slow removing them last season.
Supposedly, the flowers on this plant are edible, but I’ve never consumed them. For some reason, I just can’t get past the thought of flowers in my food. They can be used to decorate a dish or vegetable tray.
Chives can be used fresh or frozen. You can chop and seal them in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator. I also freeze them for use over the winter.
There are several other benefits to eating chives and they are very easy to grow. Once they are planted, they require regular watering and a little fertilizer. My soil is so rich, I usually by-pass this part of the maintenance, but I do water them. Here a few other reasons to grow and eat chives:
1. They’re a magnet for beautiful butterflies.
2. They are delicious on baked potatoes, omelets and other dishes that call for onions. I love them in salads as well.
3. They are a great source of antioxidants and can help fight cancers in the breast, colon, prostate, ovaries and lungs. This study is from the University of Maryland Medical Center.
4. They are a great source of Vitamin K, which is good for bone strength.
5. They help lower blood pressure and cholesterol according to the University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell.
Plant a few chives. They return year after year and will enhance the flavor of your dishes.