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May 24, 2008 08:41 AM

green garlic versus garlic chives

I've been reading a lot about green garlic lately, the nascent bulbs pulled up before they get much bigger than a thumb. I love the idea of it, but I also hate to waste what will become whole heads of garlic, and I can't quite make myself yank one out to try it. I did pick up some garlic chives from the nursery the other day, and I"m wondering, how are those different? Will the chive plants become bulbs, and are they basically the same as the big garlic in my garden? Or were those planted from seeds, and how does this make them different? (The garlic in my yard, of course, was planted as a bulb).

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  1. I have had the garlic chives in my garden. I don't believe they will form bulbs. I believe they are just like regular chives, except the shoots are flatter and wider (at least mine were) and they have a garlicy chivy taste.

    So they are a good way to put a mild garlic flavor into things where chives would work.