Garlic Chive Facts:
1) Garlic chives are wild plants native to Europe and Asia.
They have been cultivated since ancient times. They were used as medicine, food, perfume and even as aphrodisiacs (in some cultures). Their flavor is milder than that of garlic or onion.
However they do not taste like onions at all!
2) Garlic chives are very easy to grow.
You just need a few basic ingredients and you’re good to go. There’s no special soil needed, just regular potting mix. A little bit of water will do the job too.
And don’t worry if your garlic chives start sprouting; they’ll eventually die back down into their natural state when winter comes around again!
3) Garlic chives make great gifts for friends and family members.
They’re also a wonderful addition to any table centerpiece!
4) When grown properly, garlic chives produce beautiful flowers with purple petals.
These flowers are edible too, but only if eaten fresh right after blooming. If left on the plant longer, these flowers turn brown and smell bad. So keep them away from your garlic chives plants during the winter months!
5) To grow garlic chives from seeds, you can simply plant the seeds directly into the soil.
Don’t cover them, as they need light to germinate. Keep the soil moist, keep the soil warm (but not too hot!) and keep the soil well-draining at all times.
You can add a bit of water crystals to your soil to keep it well-draining. Make sure you don’t overwater your garlic chives plants though!
6) If you’re growing garlic chives from clumps, you should divide them.
To do this, simply dig up the clump, then separate it into smaller sections with their own root systems. Then you can either re-pot these clumps into new containers, or you can plant them in the ground!
7) When your garlic chives plants are in bloom, make sure to keep an eye out for pests like spider mites and aphids.
If you see any of these pests, wipe them off immediately with a soft cloth. You can use an organic pesticide if you have to, but make sure it’s safe for edible plants!
8) You should never eat garlic chives that have a bitter taste, as this is a sign of toxins.
This isn’t common, but it does happen from time to time. If this happens, throw away your entire crop and don’t eat any more of it!
9) Sometimes there is a delay in color change after harvesting.
It may take a while for your garlic chives to turn green after being cut. Don’t panic! The color will return to normal eventually, as long as you keep them out of the sunlight.
10) Garlic chives are not the same thing as chives. Chives are a smaller version of garlic chives, and they have a much milder taste.
11) Garlic chives are not the same thing as Welsh onions, although they do resemble them.
12) Garlic chives make a wonderful addition to any meal. They’re excellent in baked potatoes, soups, salads, omelettes, scrambled eggs and many other dishes!
13) Garlic chives have many, many health benefits. They can help lower blood pressure, and they can also help reduce cholesterol levels in your body. They are also great for your digestive system, and they can help relieve gastric discomforts such as stomach cramps.
14) If you grow garlic chives in your garden, slugs will be far less likely to eat your other plants!
15) Garlic chives are not just for looks! They have a very strong taste that’s a bit too overpowering for some dishes. When cooking with garlic chives, you should always use a small amount at first and then add more according to taste.
16) You can use the green parts of the garlic chive plant to make pesto! Just add pine nuts, salt, water and oil, then blend everything together. You’ll create a wonderful tasting pesto sauce that you can use with pasta dishes.
17) The entire garlic chive plant can be used in crafts. Its flowers are very colorful and vibrant, so you could incorporate those into a flower arrangement or paint them as a painting subject!
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