Can You Eat Chive Flowers?

It’s pretty common to include chives in your cooking, dried it tastes good but if you can grow some fresh chives in your garden they taste even better fresh! When your chives grow in spring you might start to notice some beautiful and delicate looking purple flowers. These are part of the plant and they smell amazing which might leave you to wonder, can you eat chive flowers?

The Quick Answer

Can You Eat Chive Flowers?

You can eat chive flowers! If you can find them, these flowers have a wonderful delicate chive or mild oniony flavour that is delicious in your food. Chop them as you would any herb or spice and use them to season the recipe.

Now you know you can eat chive flowers, you’ll probably want to know what they taste like, whether it’s worth eating and how to do about using chive flowers in your cooking and baking.

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What Do Chive Flowers Taste Like?

Unsurprisingly, the flowers of the chive plant taste like chives, as you would be used to, but the flavour is a little milder than you would expect to taste in the leaf. Imagine just a hint of onion, and that’s the flavour to expect from chive flowers. Perfect for adding just a touch of flavour to your food. The taste is the same whether you choose to chop up and use the buds or the flowers in full bloom.

How to Eat Chive Flowers

If you can get hold of chive flowers, then there are plenty of ways to use them in your cooking. Why not try some of these?

Sprinkle Chive Flowers Over Your Eggs

Pluck some flowers fresh from the plant and divide out the tiny blooms. Rinse them under some cold water and allow them to drain. Now make yourself a delicious omelette such as a mushroom and pepper omelette. Once it has cooked, sprinkle some chive blooms over the dish to add flavour and a pop of beautiful colour to your meal. You could also do this with scrambled egg too.

Make Chive Flower Infused Butter

Wash some chive flowers and then separate out the blooms. Chop them up finely, and then stir them into some butter. Cover the butter, pop it back into the fridge for a few hours, or even a few days. The flavour of the chive flower will infuse into the butter, and then you can use the butter as a delicious spread for your toast or cook with it.

Use Chive Flowers as a Salad Topping

Instead of your usual salad sprinkles, choose chive flowers instead. You can either separate out the individual blooms or chop them and then sprinkle them over the top of your salad. Delicious! This also works as a topping for pasta or soups too.

Another salad idea is to add chive flowers into your potato salad. This adds just enough onion flavour without becoming overpowering and is delicious when made fresh from scratch at home.

Use as a Fresh Herb in Cooking and Baking

You can use chive flowers in the same way you would use any herb. Wash them well, and then chop them up and include them in your savoury baking or any recipes that would benefit from an extra pop of delicate flavour. If you find onion or chives overpowering, then using chive flowers may well be the answer.

Make Chive Infused Oils And Vinegar

Infused oils are wonderful to add an extra depth of flavour to your cooking.  You can also make infused vinegar, and this makes great dressings for your food.  Both infused oil and vinegar are super easy to make too.

Wash your chive flowers and any chive stems you wish to use. Let them drain and dry off fully. Pop them into a jar with your chosen oil and put the lid on. Store them in a dark cupboard for about two weeks, then strain out the chive blossoms and transfer the oil or vinegar into a suitable bottle. Don’t forget to add a label, so you remember the flavour of your oil or vinegar.

Use Chive Flowers in Oil

Benefits of Eating Chive Flowers

Chives are a pretty nutrient herb, as long as you pick them freshly and use them as a fresh herb rather than a dried herb. They contain vitamin K, folate and antioxidants. You would have to eat a lot of chives in order to gain any real benefit, but when it comes to your nutrition, but every little bit helps.

Should You Eat Chive Flowers?

If you can grow and pick your own, then, yes, you absolutely should eat chive flowers. They are delicious and add depth to your flavour. Chive flowers are a versatile herb too, and can be sprinkled over all sorts of foods. You can even add them into your baking for delicious savoury baked treats.

If you are looking to buy, then only source chive flowers from places that are organic and don’t use pesticides because the flower can absorb these.

Other Questions about Eating Chive Flowers

Below are some other questions people often ask when it comes to eating chive flowers. If you do find yourself with further questions, however, then please do ask in the comments area at the bottom of this page:

Can You Eat White Chive Flowers?

Whether the flowers of the chives are deep purple, pink, lilac or white, they can be eaten in the same way.

Can You Eat Ornamental Alliums?

Although they’re part of the chive family, look fairly similar and are unlikely to do you any harm, we wouldn’t recommend eating ornamental alliums. They are cultivated to look good – not taste good. The flavour is likely to be mild and bland, so there’s really no point in eating them.

Can You Eat Alliums