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Instead of that strong onion
Member Name: welshwolf
Date: 10/03/01, updated on 10/03/01 (88 review reads)
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Chives are probably one of the most well known and well used herbs. Chives have an onion taste but it's not as strong as a normal onion and hence is used where an onion would be overpowering.
Chives have grass like leaves and they grow in clumps and can be used from February till November. It used to be found wild in the UK but I have not seen and wild now for many years.
Chives need a light well drained soil and plenty of sun, which is probably why they don’t grow wild in the UK any more!! I have the plants in a rockery and they give a nice ornamental edging although they grow just as well in pots.
The plant will grow to 30cm in height and has little lilac flowers around July to August. The leaves are said to have antiseptic uses and my great grandmother used to tell me that they were god for Rheumatism.
I make chives butter which is great on vegetables, lamb, beef or fish.
½ a cup of butter,
A small handful of chopped chives,
A splash of lemon juice depending on how much you like it,
Salt and Pepper to season,
Mix all together and put in the fridge to cool. It will keep for a number of days and I’m sure you will enjoy.