Garlic chive buds are small, yellow to white, unopened, oval floral buds. These buds appear on the top of green, flat, and wide stems with small fibrous bulbs in the ground at the base. Garlic chive buds have a mild and pungent flavor.
Garlic chive buds are available in the summer.
Garlic chive buds, botanically classified as Allium tuberosum, are also known as Flowering chives and Gau Choy Fa in China. Garlic chive buds are used for both culinary and ornamental purposes and are extremely popular in Asian cuisine.
Garlic chive buds contain some vitamin C, calcium, and iron.
Garlic chive buds can be used in both raw and cooked applications. They are often used as a garnish and can also be pickled and paired with charcuterie. When cooked, Garlic chive buds are used in stir-fries, chopped in meat dishes, or minced into dumplings. Garlic chive buds pair well with noodles, broths, potatoes, eggs, mushrooms, tofu, and shrimp. Garlic chive buds will keep for a couple of days when stored in the refrigerator.