Chopped garlic chives, including the flower buds, can be added to salads or to cooked dishes right before serving. Whole garlic chives make a unique garnish. Buy online at BuyFruit.com.au.
Garlic chives are a cousin to the onion family. They have thin, flat, grass-like leaves and a mild garlicky scent. The subtle garlic flavour is best when the garlic chives are raw or only slightly wilted. Chopped garlic chives, including the flower buds, can be added to salads or to cooked dishes right before serving. Whole garlic chives make a unique garnish.
Choose garlic chives that are fresh-looking, with small, closed buds at the top of each stalk and a mild garlic scent. Avoid those that are wilted, discoloured or dry. Wrap garlic chives in a damp paper towel and put them in a plastic bag. Garlic chives will remain fresh in the crisper section of the fridge for three to four days.
Did you know? Garlic chives have been used for centuries in Chinese herbal medicine. They were ingested to treat bleeding disorders and fatigue, and as an antidote for poison. The leaves and bulbs were ground into a poultice for treating wounds, insect bites and skin irritations. The seeds from garlic chives were prescribed to treat digestive issues and were thought to be beneficial to the kidneys and liver as well.