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Chives, or Allium schoenoprasum, is a relative of the onion and leek. It is thought to have originated in England and Wales. It quickly spread to be found in most of Europe and was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans. In the middle ages it was called the "rush leek".

The grass-like leaves of the herb are used in dips and on potatoes and egg dishes. The plant is easy to grow in most temperate climates and is stubbornly perennial in many. The leaves grow to around 10" long, in thick clumps. In July the plant will blossom with pale-purple flowers. This works well for formal and informal gardens. To harvest, just cut off leaves as needed.

These chives are in Massachusetts and come back every year in big, bushy clumps.

Chives in mid-April 2005

Chive Recipes
Sour Cream and Chive Dip
Corn with Chives
Chive Butter
Hot Tomato and Chives Salad

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