Chives are part of the lily family (Liliaceae) and closely related to bulbous plants like onion, leek and garlic. The stems are long, slender and grassy. A large number of variants are cultivated from chives.
As such, there are chives species that taste like lemon or have a strong garlic smell. Chinese chives are one of the oldest variants.
De Kruidenaer cultivates both “regular” chives and Chinese chives.
The small tubes taste fresh with a pleasant, mild onion flavor (and a hint of garlic).
The leaves of Chinese chives have a garlic taste and are a little spicier than “regular” chives. In China, people blanch the leaves and stems of this type of lily.
Chives can be stored for several days in the vegetable drawer in the fridge. They are suitable for freezing.