Real World Gardener Chillin with Chives in Spice It Up

October 25th, 2018

SPICE IT UP

Chives

There’s no end of uses to his herb which is will loved by chefs.

What would a baked potato with sour cream be without it?

What would instant noodles and packet soups be without the freeze-dried version?

Something less than ordinary. 

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But did you know there were two types?

Onion chives and garlic chives, but what's the difference?

Let’s find out what it is.

I'm talking with Ian Hemphill from www.herbies.com.au

The leaves of onion chives are hollow and round, think "O" for onions. 

The leaves of garlic chives are flat.

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Onion chives

You may not find them identified as such in your garden centre, but now you know what to look for.

Also, chives are one of the few herbs that dry quite effectively, but they are commercially freeze dried.

Freeze drying means the moisture is removed very rapidly by placing the chives in a special pressurised chamber. The water is taken from the chive leaves; the liquid goes straight to the gaseous state.

Ian says if you get good quality freeze dried chives, it’s very hard to tell the difference between that and the fresh ones!

Remember, when the chive clump gets to about 20cm, that’s the time to divide them up.

If you have any questions about chives, either for me or for Ian, why not email realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

 
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