Chives (Dried) – Certified Organic

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Dried Organic Chives
Product of: UK
Pack Size (Nett Weight): 50g / 100g / 250g / 500g

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Description

Chives:
Chives are a well-known member of the onion family. Chives are the meekest of the all the onions.  This herb is native to Britain, Northern Europe, and North America. They are the easiest to grow of the fresh herbs used for culinary purposes. Chives are found in many English, French and German gardens.

Originally chives were found in Asia and Europe.  Chives have been used for centuries but probably not cultivated until the middle Ages in Europe.  Chives are related to the lily family.  Onions, garlic, and leeks are also members.  A perennial herb hardy to -35 degrees that is easy to grow in almost any soil conditions.  They can reach 2” in height. This herb has a hollow, thin, grass-like stems that grow in clumps.  Chives are absent of the typical onion bulb.  Clumps put offshoots of purple flowers and are used as decorative borders in many formal English gardens.

Use chives in sauces (such as remoulade), in fresh salads, combined with egg and omelette recipes, cream cheese, as a flavoured garnish on soups and potatoes.  Clip the flower heads and enjoy the stalks all season long.  Mix chives with softened butter and add a dollop to grilled steak, chicken or veal.  Chopped leaves are a garnish for sour cream and a classic addition to baked potatoes.

Storage:
“How long do dried herbs last?”
Depends on both the type of herb and the conditions under which they are stored. Correctly dried and stored herbs, do not actually spoil. But over time, they will lose their potency, aroma and flavour.

As a general rule, whole dried herbs (not been ground) will last much longer than ground and can last for 1 to 3 years. It is also never a bad idea to freeze any spare herbs, try to remove as much air as possible and make sure it is kept sealed in the freezer to avoid moisture.

Here are some tips for maximising the shelf life of your herbs:
• Store in an airtight container.
• Store in a cool, dark cupboard.
• Store away from direct heat or sunlight.
• Keep lid tightly closed when not in use.