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Soil: Rich, well-drained soil; likes open spaces.
Useful Parts: Leaves.
Growth Habit: Grass-like with purple flowers.
Harvest Method: Don’t use scissors; instead use fingers to pick leaves at the base.
Handling: Doesn’t dry well without loosing color or flavor. Fresh should be frozen in ice cube trays or can be frozen with a little water in a plastic bag.
Uses: Use to flavor food when a garlic or onion taste is desired because it is easier on the stomach, add at the last minute or they will lose their flavor on long cooking; chives stimulate the appetite, have a tonic effect on the kidneys and are said to lower blood pressure; are a source of calcium which helps to strengthen nails and teeth; important factor in achieving natural beauty.
Hardiness Zone:3 - 9
Allium tuberosum Characteristics
- Sun Tolerant