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What are garlic chives? How are they different from regular chives?

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© 2008 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone
Question: What are garlic chives? How are they different from regular chives?
Garlic chives have a faint garlic flavor
Answer: Also known as Chinese chives, garlic chives (Allium tuberosum), can be used and stored in the same manner as chives. They are distinguishable from chives by their flat, broader leaves and fragrant white flowers. Otherwise, they look very similar in appearance.

As you would expect by the name, garlic chives have a delicate garlic flavor and are used extensively in oriental dishes. Garlic chives are a good choice for those who shy away from full-flavored garlic, just as regular chives are happily consumed by those who do not care for the strong taste of fresh onions or scallions.

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Chive History
Chive Recipes
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