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Herb Description: Chives, the oldest species of edible onion known, has been used in China since about 3000 B.C. The botanical name actually comes from the Greek meaning, "reed-like leek". Chives are now grown all over the world; historical legend states that Marco Polo discovered this herb in China and brought it back to his native land. Medieval gardeners often planted chives around the borders for both decoration and to ward off harmful insects. Traditional medicinal uses, though not as common, included treatment for high cholesterol and poor digestion. Along with parsley, tarragon, and chervil, chives is included in the famous blend of herbs known as "Fines herbes." The onion-like flavor of chives makes them a traditional addition to dishes with cheese, eggs, fish, or potatoes; the flowers make a delicate herbal vinegar, in addition to being a colorful addition to salads.
Herb Botanical Name: Allium schoenoprasum var. album
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Herb Duration: Perennial
Days to Herb Maturity: 75
Herb Seeds Per Oz: 24400
Herb Height: 6” to 12”
Herb Spacing: 6 in to 9 in
Herb Planting: Sow seeds indoors in early spring; transplant seedlings after last frost. Soak seeds overnight before sowing. Can also be direct sown after last frost.
Herb Seed Saving: Allow seed heads to dry on plants; then remove heads, break them open, and collect seeds. Clean and dry the seeds before storage in cool dry conditions.
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