garlic chive

noun

Definition of garlic chive 

: a perennial allium (Allium tuberosum) native to southeastern Asia but widely cultivated for its garlic-flavored stems, leaves, buds, and flower heads usually used in plural

called also Chinese chive

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Chives Plant chives and garlic chives in early spring in rich soil. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Onions," 1 Feb. 2018 Herb thugs in my yard are tansy and clivers (medicinal use), and garlic chives (aka Chinese leeks) and lemon balm (culinary use). Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Growing and drying herbs in summer is a great way to benefit your culinary world," 8 June 2018 Their garlic bread turns out to be a very thin disc with garlic chives and melted cheese inside and sesame seeds on top. New York Times, "Red-Sauce Italian Cooking Finds a Future at Don Angie," 29 May 2018 Other tasty plants include chives (A. schoenoprasum), garlic chives (A. tuberosum), and shallots (A. cepa Aggregatum group). The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Onions," 1 Feb. 2018 Gently fold in the scallions and garlic chives, then add the cabbage to the mixture. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Nokni’s Quick Kimchi," 24 Oct. 2017 Cook sliced onion, garlic, and garlic chives, stirring often, until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Bon Appetit, "Kare-Kare with Beans, Baby Bok Choy, and Eggplant," 19 Mar. 2017

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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