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May 9, 2020

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What to do with Chive Blossoms

Pottery bowl full of chive blossoms

Chive blossoms! Take a look at those intricate little flowers! Have you ever used them? They are probably my favorite unexpected element in the kitchen! I stumbled upon a bunch of these purple beauties at the Farmers’ Market several years ago, and I’ve been savoring them every spring since then! I actually like the flower better than I like the green part of the chive. What do I do with chive blossoms? They go SO well with eggs, pasta, potatoes, and more! Today I’m sharing my top 5 ways to use them in the kitchen.

I planted my first-ever chive seeds this year, and so far my plants are only about 4″ high. I won’t get blossoms this year, but it’s a perennial, so I should have them next spring! My friend Justin at Chilly Hollow Farm had over-wintered chives and generously gave me these tasty flowers.

I love how eating mostly-seasonally helps form a deeper appreciation for delicacies like these flowers. I wait for them all year long and savor them when I see them appear at the market; cannot wait for them to be thriving in my garden! I’m also going to try drying them this year, to test if the flavor and color can be preserved.

Top 5 Ways to Use Chive Blossoms

  1. Top an omelet after cooking;
  2. Top salads (like a pasta salad or a tuna salad);
  3. Top an avocado-egg toast with and flaky salt;
  4. Chive compound butter;
  5. Chive blossom vinegar.

Do you save these pretty purple flowers? Share your favorite way to enjoy them!

Pottery bowl full of chive blossoms
Pottery bowl full of chive blossoms
  1. Cynthia says:

    Chive blossoms are wonderful! My favorite way to use them is to chop chive greens and mint, mix with feta cheese, add chive flowers and moisten with a bit if olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste. Spread on sliced baguette. It’s roughly cup of mint, 1/2 cup each chive greens and chive flowers, 1/2 pound of feta.

  2. Nan, Odessa, DE says:

    How do we successfully grow chive plants? Any help.will.be appreciatrd!!! I have never seen any chives or their parts for sale.
    I like the plant and blossoms but no luck growing them. Please share details. I am in Delaware.

    • Rebecca says:

      Hi Nan! I’m not a chive expert! I just started growing them from seed for the first time this year, and they’re only about 6″ so far. We’ll see if they flower this year…apparently, they grow best in full sun and when watered frequently! I’ll hopefully have some fun progress to report back in a few months! Best of luck!

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