Organic Chive seeds grow to a plant with blade-like leaves growing straight upward. The green leaves are hollow, and come to a point. Chives can grow up to two feet tall in ideal conditions, and can spread out up to 12 inches around. They have a mild onion flavor, that doesn’t tend to leave a long aftertaste. Chives sport globular spiky, pinkish-purple flowers in the early summer months, which are also edible and share the same mild onion taste. Some varieties of Chives have white and red flowers. The biodegradable Seed Pods contain non-GMO, certified organic seeds inside a mineral growth medium.
Chives are used as both a garnish and as an aromatic herb. Typically, Chives are added at the end of the cooking process because they lose flavor when heated. Add chopped Chives to potato dishes, quiches, scrambled eggs, or a bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese. Give butter a hint of flavor by adding Chives and use it on baked potatoes, steaks or use it as a rub for chicken.
Chives are native to the Balkans, an area that includes modern-day Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, and parts of southwestern Russia. The plants grow from bulbs, which were likely brought to the United States by colonists from Europe. Chives grow best in areas where it doesn’t get too hot and tend to prefer the cooler spring weather.
Chives are a good source of calcium, iron, phosphorus, and sulfur. They also contain high amounts of potassium, vitamins A and C. Phytonutrients in Chives are beneficial for the digestive system as well as blood circulation. They have similar properties to those of garlic.