May 25th, 2012
A Lesson in Allium and Chives
Posted by F&S
Spring is such a wonderful time because whenever we venture outdoors, there’s just so much that’s new to discover. Right outside the kitchen we noticed that the allium and the chives are blooming and how similar they are to one another and here’s what we can tell you about that.
1 Sharkey, it's such a beautiful day! Even though I still have one eyelid sewn shut, I can clearly see more color appearing on the farm as May draws to a close!
2 For example, the allium on the terrace are beginning to bloom away!
3 You're right, Francesca! These flowers are in the process of opening and will eventually become twice this size!
4 DId you know that the name, allium, comes from the Latin word for garlic? They are actually part of the onion family along with garlic and leeks!
5 And, growing nearby in the terrace herb garden are similar looking blooms. These are the flowers of chive plants, which are also a part of the onion family.
6 Chive and allium are very similar in color and shape. These chive flowers will also be beautiful round spheres when fully opened.
7 Chives are the smallest edible plant of the onion family and both their stems and flowers can be used as a flavoring or garnish. The flowers are a very pretty addition to salads.
8 It's important to know that this species is an ornamental variety, but other allium flowers, chives included, are completely edible.
9 I have heard that gardeners often plant chives and other types of allium in their flower beds to ward off pests like Japanese beetles and aphids!
10 And because onions are related to garlic, they have similar medicinal properties, as well! People have turned to garlic to boost their immune systems for centuries.
11 However, you and I, Francesca, better keep them out of our mouths. Onions and garlic are toxic to dogs!
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