Reasons to Grow Chives with Children

10 Reasons to grow chives with children
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Chive Leaves and Flowers    

Chives are a popular herb used in European cookery but there is also an Asian variety of Chive called Chinese Chives. They are the smallest and most delicate member of the onion family.

They are hardy and fast growing and are cultivated for their long slender leaves that are hollow inside but did you know
10 Reasons to grow chives with children the flowers can be eaten too?

Most children can tolerate the taste of chives as they have a mild flavour similar to baby spring onions or young leeks.

They are a great herb as they can be used in many different dishes. Chives can be cut or snipped by children to use in things such as salad dressings, salads, herb butters, omelettes and potato dishes. Or they can simply add them to cheese on toast or in a cheese sandwich. They are useful because fresh chives can be added by children to any dish just before serving.

Chives are one of the richest sources of vitamin K and also contain other essential vitamins such as vitamin A and C so are beneficial for children to eat.


Quick and simple:


Try combining Cream Cheese and Chives to use as a spread on a base.10 Reasons to grow chives with children.

Or why not simply get your child to pull the purple flower heads apart and mix them into a soft cheese for a pretty and tasty spread?

Pitta bread is ideal as a base for the spread or choose your child’s favourite healthy bread. Fill with sliced vegetables such as carrots, peppers or cucumber for a healthy snack. Other bases could be jacket potatoes or slices of apple.

You can also use the flowers as a garnish or to add a delicate onion flavour and colour into dishes such as mashed potato. Sometimes adding the colour can help with fussy eaters.


Why chives are perfect:  

  1. Perfect for little hands to pick and snip10 Reasons to grow chives with children.
  2. So easy for them to grow
  3. Entire plant is edible – making them safe
  4. Grow beautiful flowers – making them attractive
  5. Hardy and also grow back
  6. Require little maintenance – mainly watering which kids love to do
  7. Easy for kids to measure/observe their growth
  8. Fresh chives can be refrigerated for up to three days
  9. Perfect for child friendly recipes
  10. Children can add them to dishes just before serving


Child friendly recipes:10 Reasons to grow chives with children.

Cream Cheese and Chives Toast

Cheese and Chive Muffins

Chive Dip

Cheese and Chive Breakfast Scones

Cheese and Chive Sandwiches (Heart – Shaped)

Check out other recipes on BBC Food – Chives



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33 thoughts on “Reasons to Grow Chives with Children

  1. I had no idea the flowers for edible. Now, what is the difference between chives and what we call green onions in the US? Thanks for being part of #TwinklyTuesday.

    1. Green onions are what we call spring onions in the UK. Chives have a much subtler flavour more like a baby spring onion. They are all part of the same family 🙂

  2. I love the thought of doing aarden with my kids. This is great. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me blog hop. I hope you have enjoyed reading so many fab other blog posts and to see you again tomorrow for another great round of #sharewithme

    1. Thanks Jenny – gardening indoors or out is such a great activity to do with children. Yes, it’s a great linky 🙂

    1. Thank you, I will catch up at some point. Yes, a win, win as you say. I am fairly certain that involving children in the whole process encourages healthy eating and an interest in food generally. Thanks for reading 🙂

  3. My friends grow chives and everytime we visit, they pick them and eat them. We should give them a try as I think they’d like chives mixed with their cheese.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  4. Thanks for sharing this. I am going to grow herbs but hadn’t considered chives but they look like something I would use a lot #letkidsbekids

  5. Yum I love chives! My parents used to grow them when I was a kid and I used to love picking them and just chewing on the stems. I had no idea you could eat the flower though!? Great ideas! 🙂 #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

    1. Thank you! I know, I didn’t know about the blossoms until a few years ago. We love chives here too 🙂

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