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Chives

Cive, Schnittlauch, Ciboulette, Cebollin

Amaryllidaceae Allium schoenoprasum L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The chive plant, an onion relative, is grown in thick clumps from small, oval bulbs. It may be grown from seed, or by separating the clumps of bulbs. It is a perennial, grown for the leaves, which are used as seasoning in salads, omelettes and other dishes. The leaves are slender, tubular and about 6 inches long. They may be cut several times in one season, after the clumps of bulbs are established.


Season: Leaves may be cut each 6 to 8 weeks.

Production in U.S.: No data. Limited commercial production.

Use: Leaves, finely chopped, used in salads; culinary cookery.

Part of plant consumed: Leaves only.


Last update February 18, 1999 by ch