Look out for chives for your summer salads or garlic chives
for that extra bite.
schoenoprasum White Form) and garlic chives
, which have a slight garlic flavour.
I opened my four- course meal with Norwegian smoked salmon rolls packed with goat cheese and garlic chives
, which I had with Lindeman's Bin 65 Chardonnay from south- east Australia.
Ingredients - Serves two Two blocks of firm tofu cut into heart shapes 250g (8oz) cooked ham, chopped Two stalks pak choi, chopped A handful of garlic chives
if available or ordinary chives plus a clove or two of chopped garlic A little chopped leek according to taste A little oil to saute For the tomato sauce Four tablespoons of tomato sauce One teaspoon of cornflour smoothly mixed into 150ml (4fl oz) water Salt and pepper to taste MethodCut each block of tofu into two heart shapes using a heart-s.
There are a variety of organic and heirloom herbs like lavender, lemon basil and garlic chives
that can be grown inside and out.
Norfolk's Finest Herbs has found that lemon zest and herbs such as thyme, basil and garlic chives
are becoming much more popular for adding taste to lighter, quicker meals based on pasta and rice, and for pepping up healthy meals based on fish and lean meat.
Grow onion-flavored chives (Allium schoenoprasum) or garlic chives
Its main products are basil, coriander, chives and flat parsley, but increasing public interest in cookery has led to the development of exotic varieties such as garlic chives
, roccolla or wild rocket, red mustard and chard, lemon grass, edible courgette, and nasturtium, pansy and antirrhinum flowers.
We've also got veg favourites such as beetroots, broccoli and carrots, plus herbs including garlic chives
Whilst you are circulating around the various plant sales during our long awaited summer look out for the flat leaved Garlic Chives
(Allium tuberosum) with a mild garlic flavour and white flowers from August onwards.
Add the carrot, green pepper, mushrooms and garlic chives
and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
Where space is at a premium you can do without spring onions by edging the salad bed with perennial onions such as chives, Chinese garlic chives
, Welsh onions (ciboule) and the everlasting onion varieties.
Parasitic wasps, ladybird beetles, lacewings, syrphid flies, and other beneficials hang around the plants they love - dill, fennel, garlic chives
, parsley, ox-eye and Shasta daisies, and yarrow, for instance.
Chives, garlic chives
, perpetual onions and Welsh onions are important, as are mint and lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) but leave some spaces for annuals like coriander, dill, parsley - French and Italian flat-leaved varieties are excellent - and nasturtiums whose flowers and leaves really lift a salad.
Ordinary chives, Chinese garlic chives
and perpetual Welsh onions are excellent for garnishing.