Friday, September 5, 2008

Chives for All Times

I was in the garden the other day and snapped this picture of the garlic chives, Allium tuberosum and the curly chives, Allium senescens var. 'glaucum' just to the left with the pink flowers. You can eat the flowers of the garlic chives. The curly chive flowers are more ornamental. Regular chives have a round leaf that is hollow and garlic chives have a flat leaf. Regular chives have a mild onion flavor and garlic chives have a mild garlic flavor.
When the regular chives are blooming in the spring (photo below), my husband makes me a chive blossom omelet. Don't do what he does! Break apart a blossom and sprinkle on the egg mixture. He has put NINE blossoms in an omelet on several occasions. He has to be reminded every year! Maybe more about my statue named Mary next time. Until then.

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