In the beginning …. chives

This is my first blog post for the Happy Herb Gardener so I wanted to start with the first herb I see in the spring, chives.

The first herb I see after a long winter is chives.  My other herbs are still asleep under the leaves but the chives poke through with their new green blades. I know that spring is here and that makes me happy. It’s still pretty cold in the North country when they come up and I’m always surprised at how they survive.

Chives are a perennial plant that grow from 12 to 20 inches tall and are closely related to garlic, scallions and leeks.  They don’t mind the cold and will spread out on their own. They also have one of the longest growing season of all my herbs. Those are just a few of the reasons why chives are simple to grow and are one of my favorite herbs.

Chives blossom with a pretty purple flower. The flowers are edible but sometimes I just make a bouquet of them. They dry nicely on their own.

I would not recommend to hang dry chives but it is quite easy to freeze dry or make ice cubes with it. I think that fresh out of the garden is the best . You can’t beat some fresh cut chives on a baked potato with sour cream. Chives are also a delicious simple addition to biscuits, dips, dressings and more.

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