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Apr 19, 2010 04:46 PM

fresh chive blossom

My herb garden is ahead of schedule. It's been warmer than usual here. So I not only have chives and lots of other things coming up but my chives already have blossoms.

I cut off a bunch of the blossoms so the chive plants would continue to go strong.

Then I tossed them onto tonight's salads. The blossoms were not really open -- kind of buds about to open.

I've seen ways to use the chive blossoms but don't think we ever have.

I was surprised. The blossoms were stronger than the minced chive shoots and really good.

Just a revelation to pass along to others.

And now that I know how great these are, open to more ideas for using them.

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  1. Yes, in salads and make chive blosson vinegar.

    1. salads, vinegar, quick saute and add to rice, tempura.

        1. Thanks for the tip! I've been staring at mine as I do dishes and thinking about what to do with them for days now. Was planning on salad, and am happy to know it was tasty. How far below the flowers do you cut? I've read that it is good to cut them way down whenever you cut them, but am a little hesitant.

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          1. re: eight_inch_pestle

            I always just snipped off the flower, or cut the whole length if I was using the chive green in the dish as well. Pick them soon, as they do fade.
            When cuttting chives, I cut them down to 2-3 inches from the plant. When the flowers dry up, cut the whole plant back to 2-3 inches and it will grow back.

              1. re: eight_inch_pestle

                My chive plants go all season long. I cut off the blossoms so the plants don't put energy into going to seed. I did a search a bit ago on how to harvest chives because I had always been kind of haphazard about it and wondered what was best.

                I learned that you should leave at least 2 - 3 inches above ground, and should harvest from the outside of the plant in. So that's what I've been doing now. At least I feel systematic!

                I'm loving the new ideas for using the blossoms.