Garlic chives, Chinese Chives or Chinese Leeks are perennial in all but the coldest climates. An excellent low maintenance crop offering loads of flavor for almost no work. The young leaves and flower buds have a delicate chive-like flavor with sweet, roasted garlic overtones. Perfect for use in uncooked dishes where raw regular garlic might be overwhelming or too spicy. Also used in many dishes from dips to steaks.
Very long-lived and easy to grow, they produce white-flowered seed heads. Often times thriving for a decade or more in one spot. They have great ornamental appeal along with lots of harvests of delicious leaves.
Although it is a member of the onion and garlic family, garlic chives has more of a milder, roasted garlic flavor than onion. These larger and more robust plants are more suited to use as a vegetable than strictly herb.
The lovely white star-shaped flower heads bloom from late summer to early fall and are fabulously attractive to bees, butterflies and many other pollinators. The florets also make striking garnishes in salads and soups.
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