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Herb Seeds - Chinese Chives

Allium tuberosum

Part of the James Wong Homegrown Revolution Range.

Very easy to grow.Delicate, roast garlic-flavoured blossoms and greens. Very easy to grow, and thrives for up to 30 years - the ultimate low maintenance crop! Origin: China. Latin name: Allium tuberosum. Thriving in your plot for up to 30 years from a single planting, this extra long-living plant will reward you with decades of gourmet veg harvests in your back garden. If all that wasn’t enough they will decorate your garden with a dusting of white star-shaped blossom throughout the summer! The leaves can be harvested to within 3cm of the ground up to 3 times per year, 4 if using cloches. However if the delicious flower buds are what you are after then only cut 2 harvests - one in early summer and one in late autumn, so the plant has sufficient reserves to give a decent crop of both leaves and flowers. Like with many flowering plants, the more you pick the more they produce, so keep snipping throughout the summer for maximum harvests. Sow: February-April. Harvest: August-November.

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Delicate, roast garlic-flavoured blossom and greens

Part of the James Wong Homegrown Revolution Range.

Very easy to grow.Delicate, roast garlic-flavoured blossoms and greens. Very easy to grow, and thrives for up to 30 years - the ultimate low maintenance crop! Origin: China. Latin name: Allium tuberosum. Thriving in your plot for up to 30 years from a single planting, this extra long-living plant will reward you with decades of gourmet veg harvests in your back garden. If all that wasn’t enough they will decorate your garden with a dusting of white star-shaped blossom throughout the summer! The leaves can be harvested to within 3cm of the ground up to 3 times per year, 4 if using cloches. However if the delicious flower buds are what you are after then only cut 2 harvests - one in early summer and one in late autumn, so the plant has sufficient reserves to give a decent crop of both leaves and flowers. Like with many flowering plants, the more you pick the more they produce, so keep snipping throughout the summer for maximum harvests. Sow: February-April. Harvest: August-November.

Hardiness:-10 degrees

Resistance to Disease:False

Seeds:True

Bulbs:False

Shrubs:False

Tree:False

Plants:False

Aftercare - Easy:True

Aftercare - Moderate:False

Aftercare - High:False

Scented:False

Height:31-40cm

Cut Flower:False

Edible Flower:False

Spread:21-30cm

Organic:False

Good For Dried Flowers:False

Drought Resistant:False

RHS Award of Garden Merit:False

Vegetables recommended by the NIAB:False

Award Winners in Fleuroselect Trials:False

Likes Acidic Soil:False

Containers:False

Hanging Baskets:False

Beds & Borders:True

Rockeries:False

Climbers:False

Greenhouse, Glass House or Home:True

Prefers Full Sun:False

Grows in Sun or Partial Shade:False

Grows in Sun or Shade:False

Partial or Full Shade:False

Shade:False

F1 Variety:False

Hardy Annual:False

Half Hardy Annual:False

Greenhouse Annual:False

Hardy Biennial:False

Greenhouse Biennial:False

Hardy Perennial:False

Tender Perennial:False

Half Hardy Perennial:False

Greenhouse Perennial:False

Shrub:False

Butterflies:False

Birds:False

Bees:False

Full growing instructions given on packet. Sow your seeds in shallow trays of compost or in a propagator early spring and leave on a warm windowsill to germinate. Transplant bunches of 4 seedlings into 7.5cm (3") pots and grow on. When your seedlings reach 10cm (4") high, transfer them into their final growing positions outdoors 30cm (12") apart late May once any danger of frost has passed. Keep well watered and fertilise with a high potash liquid feed.

EATING: Both the flower buds and leaves of Chinese chives can be used in exactly the same way as regular chives, scattered in salads, as the base of stir fries and mixed into quiches. The key difference is that unlike chives they have a succulent, fleshy texture, which adds a delicious slippery crunch to all manner of dishes, meaning that they are generally used much more like the key veg at the heart of a dish rather than an afterthought sprinkled on at the end. The fully-opened blossom, which look like constellations of tiny white stars, look fantastic served raw in salads (as do the leaves and buds). However don’t let their delicate appearance fool you, they usually have a far more spicy, garlic flavour than the leaves when raw. RECIPE: CHINESE CHIVES & PRAWN OMELETTE - Perhaps the most popular way Chinese chives are eaten in Asia is in a simple omelette, where their leaves and flowers add a sweet mild garlic-like flavour and succulent texture. Here’s my grandma’s recipe for the perfect comfort food snack – ready in 15 minutes flat! • 2 tbsp peanut oil • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped • 5 large king prawns, roughly chopped • 100g Chinese chive leaves, washed and chopped into 1cm sections • 18 tsp sesame oil • ½ tsp fish sauce • 1 tbsp Chinese rice wine • 1 tsp of turmeric powder • 5 large eggs METHOD: Heat the oil in a frying pan over a low heat and gently fry the garlic until it begins to turn golden, then turn the heat up to medium and tip in the prawns and Chinese chives and continue to fry until the prawns are cooked through. Whisk the sesame oil, fish sauce, rice wine, turmeric and eggs together until light and frothy and pour into the pan over the prawns. Fry the omelette until golden on both sides and serve with a crusty white baguette. At Suttons we take food sensitivity seriously. If you are unsure you may be allergic to any varieties in the James Wong Homegrown Revolution range, please take the precaution of seeking medical advice.

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