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arp07 Aug 1, 2008 02:38 PM

Does anyone know where I can buy garlic chives? They are sort of like regular chives, but instead of an onion flavor they have a garlic flavor. I went to HEB, and couldn't find them. For more information on what I am talking about here is the Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garlic_c...

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    akachochin Aug 2, 2008 09:23 AM

    If you have a place to do it, raise them. I have garlic chives that have been growing for more than 20 years, through heat, cold, flood, and harvest. They are very, very robust plants that develop a network of bulbs and roots that rival bamboo. Much more hardy than regular chives. They also self seed, so there are always more plants to transplant.

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      NirvRush Aug 2, 2008 03:58 PM

      that's a good idea! my chives bit the dust really quick. you know where to get the plants?

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        akachochin Aug 5, 2008 07:01 PM

        I have seen them at About Thyme and Gardens now and again. Mine have been growing for 20 years, so I haven;t purchased more. I would offer seed, (they bloom in August most years), but with no rain I doubt that I will get much in the way of bloom.

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        sqwertz Aug 3, 2008 10:45 AM

        They're only good at certain times of the year (I forget which - spring?). Or at least mine do. I have some that went wild in the corner of my yard wher it meets the woods and use them often for stir-fries. But later in the year they get too tough for eating.

        -sw

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          akachochin Aug 5, 2008 07:06 PM

          Once the foliage matures, they do get kind of tough. Spring is best. On the other hand, when they first throw flower stalks, the stalk and bud are pretty good eating. Mine usually bloom in August, given a little water.

          They are just about the hardiest plant that I know, perhaps excepting common iris. I had one bunch that I dug up, tossed for the wheelbarrow and missed. It sat out on the ground by the fence, uncared for, and after about two years was growing and multiplying. They become incredibly dense in the ground and crowd out most other plants.

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            verily Aug 6, 2008 05:14 AM

            I left my pot of them by accident in my garage for about 2 months after a move. No sunlight, no water, and they were still perfectly fine when I rescued them. And these were bought from the Sunset Valley Farmer's Market at a quarter off the normal price ($1 total) because the seller said they were pitiful looking.

            When I need large amounts, I always find my chives at MT market, though Asia Market might carry them in their very tiny produce section.

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        sqwertz Aug 2, 2008 06:32 AM

        I bought some at MT Supermarket yesterday. Lamar and Kramer.

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          zebcook Aug 1, 2008 06:24 PM

          The asian supermarket up north on Lamar usually has them.

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            mkwng Aug 1, 2008 03:32 PM

            Asia Cafe makes a pork dish with garlic chives; perhaps the market that the cafe is inside carries them.

            http://www.asiamarketaustin.com/

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