Vietnamese Herb Name: Hẹ
Common Culinary Herb Names: Chinese Chives, Chinese Leek
Botanical Family & Herb Names: Allium
Vegetative Description: Pictured above is the “leaf” type with slender, narrow flat leaves. Base of stalk is tubular, gradually tapering flat. The “flowering” type leaves are round & hollow throughout it’s whole length.
Native Habitat & Ecology: Southeast Asia
Tasting Note: Mild tastes somewhere between an onion, garlic & leek.
Culinary Uses: Cooked in soups, braised dishes, rolled in spring rolls, and chopped as garnish. These fragrant, tender stalks come in many different varieties and are used commonly in many cuisines of the world.
Medicinal Uses: Good source of vitamin C and A (carotene)
Propagation: Sow from seeds. Once established, the plant can be separated to create more plants. Harvest early when leaves are tender for best flavor.
Other Names: Gui Chai (Thai), Gau Choi (Chinese), Ciboulette (French)