In terms of culinary appeal, the flavor of chives is considerably milder than onion or garlic. It has similar properties to garlic (A. sativum), but in a much milder form, and it is rarely used medicinally. Name: Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) Perennial Family: Amaryllidaceae Common names: Rush leek Range: Native to Asia, Europe and North America. Mulberry, I'm glad you got some new and useful information here. Tony Lawrence from SE MA on June 16, 2010: Thank you. They carry a mild flavour that adds an elegant finishing touch to any recipe, and is commonly used as a garnish. *hugs*. It has a nice, delicate onion flavor with just a hint of garlic that makes it perfect as a topping for soups, salads, egg dishes, fish, and stews as well as to add … Can't you picture Mom tossing the seeds out the window on the way to Aunt Katie's!!!! However, dried chives have also paved their way into being an essential substitute for fresh chives. When you want to use them, just pour out the amount you want from the freezer bag, let them thaw a bit, and then add them to foods as you would freshly picked chives. Nothing like almost losing something to make you appreciate it more! I always pick them apart...I learned from experience that eating an entire chive flower is more pepper sensation than I want. Darlene Sabella from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ... on May 20, 2010: What a beautiful flower, I had no idea chives where so useful and filled the garden in such a profound way, thumbs up and an awesome hub... a very informative hub and I loved the pictures. Other uses of the herb: The juice of the plant is used as a moth repellent. Well, maybe I'll hand you the camera. Barring a flood or mudslide, the mature chive plant’s dense root mass will anchor your slope in place. Last medically reviewed on January 27, 2020, Onions belong to the Allium family of vegetables and herbs. Chives’ small bulbs grow near the soil surface, so use mulch to conserve moisture and keep the weeds down. I might try adding them to my summer drinks as you suggested. Once chive plants are thriving in your gardens and ornamental borders, you will have more chive than you can use. Thank you!! :) GREAT HUB! Chives are one of the most common herbs found in supermarkets. People take chive to expel parasitic worms and to reduce the risk of cancer. Their history takes us a way back into the middle ages. I have distributed the growing stock to number of my friends and foes free of cost, primarily to introduce the flavor of the wonderful herb to the common gardeners and nongardeners.It should be divided after 2nd year or else it becomes forms thick mat its growth is also retarded. Chive flowers add a soothing pastel color and a light and airy feel to spring-time flower arrangements. This means that they are low in calories but high in beneficial nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on June 04, 2012: moonlake, one of the delights I have in the garden is eating the fresh chive sprouts when they start to grow in places I don't want them. Look forward to trying that! P.S. The mildness of the onion flavour is not overwhelming and chives can … 1. But he was going into dementia and I sensed that it was something he felt he must do, perhaps worrying about my having to care for it all alone when he could no longer do his major part - he was the main veggie gardener. Yes indeed, we are fellow-chive lovers! During the start of the Middle Ages, Europeans began cultivating chive herbs, to be used as a different food source. Chop the long, slender chive greens with a knife or snip with scissors. (Credit: Hirsheimer & Hamilton) More than just a garnish, chives awaken every dish they touch. Sally's Trove, Chive-time is one of my favorite times, in terms of appreciating the bloom, the culinary contributions, the erosion control, and the planted possibilities for oneself and as gifts for friends. Your words should dispel any doubt about the powerful persistence of Allium tuberosum, and the same may be said about Allium schoenoprasum. Chives are not a common source of food allergies, though people with allergies or intolerances to onions or other allium vegetables may also need to avoid chives. It is low in fat, thus is safe for those who suffer from obesity and are restricted from most of the herbs and spices. Add chive flowers to flower arrangements. Use Chive Plants to Control Soil Erosion. I didn't know 3/4 of these yummy facts. Packaged this way, frozen chives will last in the freezer throughout the cold winter. Sometimes you have to experiment to find the ideal place to grow a particular plant. Habby from College Station, Texas on May 22, 2010: Sally's Trove, you are an excellent, engaging writer! Chives are known to have cancer-fighting properties. Chives can also be frozen for later use. Nellieanna, thank you for sharing this tender and beautifully told story. I grow lots of chives in my organic garden, and I know from experience that the flowers can house the tiniest bugs imaginable. My grandpa used to add all the coffee grounds to the chives and geraniums. But today I will share 5 ideas to get your wheels turning. Chives stimulate the body to produce glutathione, which can detect and get rid of cancer causing elements and toxins from the body. Dianacharles u r right, the knowledge of herbs is limited in India. before being fired. This article provides an overview of chives, including a nutritional breakdown, their possible health benefits, and some ways to incorporate chives into the diet. Chives are a perennial plant and are most commonly found in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves of this plant appear only in spring. Chives are a green vegetable with a mild onion-like flavor. Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) have been used for aesthetic and culinary purposes for thousands of years. You are the true mistress of my camera, my dear. Plant chives in rock gardens or on hills to minimize soil erosion. Chives are a popular ingredient in French omelets and cheese soufflés. This is a really informative hub. Sadly, the kind I've had was store-bought. Not only did I earn a few bucks for my surplus herbs, I also went home with a lot of free, fresh, homemade, ready-to-cook pasta. Thanks! He is the private butler for Mr. Goodman's family, and formerly and temporarily for Joseph in Joseph The Millionaire! Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on May 30, 2010: Bob, thank you for the compliment. This variety of chives, which has been used in Chinese cooking for thousands of years, are distinct from common chives in … You can make use of chives in many different ways but to give you a bit of an idea, this article provides some suggestions. Chives are cultivated both for their culinary uses and their ornamental value; the violet flowers are often used in ornamental dry bouquets. Flowers can also be harvested for use as an edible garnish. I have been adding them to gardens for years now and find them most useful. :). I've never eaten the flower, though. Instead, people often use chives as a garnish. This is due to their sulfur-containing compounds and antimicrobial effects. To use for sore throat, pour boiling water over finely cut chives, let it steep, strain and drink.. 3. Leaves are used fresh and can be dried but will discolor and quickly absorb moisture. Thanks so much. Chive flowers encourage bees to visit your garden. The airy pastel quality of the chive flower blends with peony and climbing hydrangea. A common serving is about 1 tablespoon (tbsp), or 3 grams. To flush them out, just plunge the flowers into water several time and swish them around. Common uses of chives. Prevention Of Cardiac Related Problems. They have so much to offer! When adding chives to hot foods, add them immediately before serving so that they remain fresh and green and retain their subtle flavor. Jerzy Opioa, CC-BY SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons. But 10 seemed to be the better number. Glad you found this hub interesting and useful. It would be in the interest of herb gardeners if they exchange notes and plant material in India. Researchers therefore need to conduct more studies before they can determine the amount a person needs to eat for this effect, and the relative effectiveness of other interventions. Voted Up. Garlic chive herbs find their use in many ways, in kitchen, in ancient medical science, and also in patient diet. Your plan sounds great! They are in the Allium genus, which also includes garlic, onions, and leeks. Bulbs are oval shaped and often clumped together. I'm going to add them to my garden next year! Thanks for the innovative ideas on making the best use of herbs! :), Saley’s Trove your article has taken poor chives to the zenith of its existence. Chives planted among roses deter black spot and aphids. Om Paramapoonya, you won't be disappointed with those beautiful ice cubes. Including chives in your daily diet protects you from common cold, yeast infections and flu. Have fun with all the wonderful things you can do with chives. Here are 10 inspiring ideas for using chive plants. I got inspired to write this Hub when I recently waged war in my garden on a number of killing weeds and found that the chives were among the few plants that survived being strangled by those hideous weeds. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on May 29, 2010: Zsuzsy, I'm so glad you mentioned the coffee grounds. Never thought of pairing chives with our roses...but may give it a try. How Chive is effective for various diseases is listed in repertory format. :). Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients in Chive. Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on May 21, 2010: I had the garlic chives in my herb garden that threatened to take over Planet Earth! You were the inspiration for it. But - it was too late to stop the cutting by the time I looked out and saw. It Respectfully, and with many thanks for explaining so clearly and illustrating so prettily the difference which chives can make in a body's life, Derdriu. All rights reserved. It's fresh and light, not at all like a chili pepper or a peppercorn. :). More in the summer since they are growing in my garden. In Sweden, the herb is used … And, as it turns out, look at all the rich comments! In Europe herbs are used raw but in the continental foods it is part of the cooked veggie or poultry or meat dish. According to some research, lutein and zeaxanthin accumulate in the retina of the eye to help prevent age-related macular degeneration. Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on May 01, 2012: I have seeds I haven't planted. Chives, Allium schoenoprasum, are perennial herbs in the family Liliaceae grown for their leaves which are used as culinary herbs.The chive plant is a member of the onion family and forms small bulbs from the roots. Plus, I love adding them to food. Propagation of Chives: Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. *laughing with you*. The seeds go everywhere! :). Chives can be a healthy alternative to other flavorings as they are low in calories. You have made me a believer I will now grow chives! Other sources of vitamin K include leafy green vegetables, vegetable oils, and fruits including blueberries and figs. Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are among the world’s most versatile and prolific herb plants. Garlic chives make a flavourful alternative to regular chives in non-Asian dishes. Toss the first juicy, … Wanted to thank you again for this helpful article. Medicinal use of Garlic Chives: The whole plant is antibacterial, cardiac, depurative, digestive, stimulant, stomachic and tonic. Use chive greens to flavor salads, egg dishes, baked potatoes, fish, soups, and more. Allium vegetables and their components may have effects at various stages of cancer and could affect biological processes that modify a person’s risk. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on June 03, 2012: toomuchmint, what a great comment! The health benefits of having chives regularly include better eyesight, healthy heart and blood pressure levels, better bone strength, among many. Great hub! :). The species is not grown over here in Kashmir. Thanks so much for this helpful information. Names of Garlic Chives in various languages of the world are also given. The scapes and leaves are useds to add allium flavour, though they … No matter what color your roses are, the delicate chive flower and grass-like foliage are gorgeous color and texture complements to the full flower and deep green shiny flat leaf of the rose. List of various diseases cured by Chive. It is interesting that western cooking may have more culinary understanding of herbs than Indian cooking. The growing plant is said to repel insects and moles. Thanks so much for your comment. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 26, 2010: It took a while to find a spot where the chives wanted to grow and thrive in our home...but we finally have found the perfect spot. If you plant them outside, they'll get great root growth through the growing season and bloom like crazy for you next spring. Division and space availability makes it happy. Chives are scientifically known as Allium Schoenoprasum. Chives Plant – Their Untold History, Cultivation And Use! Fortunately, many of her recipes and techniques were handed down through the generations. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on June 05, 2012: Gloshei, chopped chives on mashed potatoes? Chives are a perennial plant cultivated as a biennial. They may not perform as predictably as they do further north (their estimated best growing zones are 3 through 9), but they should live and prosper, producing both greens and flowers, perhaps on odd schedules. FP and Sally...they are known as choti pyaz(little onions) in India and yes I have seen it made as a full dish on its own. Chopped fresh garlic chives are often used to give a bit of extra flavor to a noodle stir-fry. on May 21, 2010: Dear sally thank you for sharing this amazing hub with us all.Back in BC Canada we would use Chives alot for our meals as well as garlic *S*. I like what you said about the geraniums and chives together. How Garlic Chives is effective for various diseases is listed in repertory format. Chives hold ornamental interest throughout their growing season, spring through fall. Chives, or Allium schoenoprasum, contain nutrients that are important for sleep and bone health. Create a stunning outdoor garden display. TY for this Hub. :). There is some evidence that chives can improve digestion and reduce high blood pressure. One day, I mean it, I'm handing you a trowel, garden gloves, and a kneeling pad, and you are going to join me in this blood, sweat, and tears! She said I have to go get some right away. A person would need to eat a high quantity of chives and other foods that contain choline to get the recommended AI. … Thanks we need to know the details of cooking chives real ones from india if we ca . Thanks for the great comment. Research has linked vegetable-rich diets with a reduced risk of many types of cancer. It was na omen when I saw this hub, voted up and bookmarked. The sturdy, hollow stem supporting the chive flower retains its rigor when cut and placed in water. We also…, Herbal tinctures are the liquid from concentrated herbs soaked in alcohol. And of course, chives are delicious blended into cream cheese to spread over homemade bagels. The chive plant and its flowers make a stunning display in the perennial garden. Diana and FP, Allium schoenoprasum is actually native to India and China, and it is thought that Marco Polo brought this Herb to the West. Habby, after you asked your question about how chives would do in the Texas heat, I did a little research, since I've never grown chives in a climate that doesn't have a cold winter. Keep them coming! Anti Inflammatory Properties: Chives have anti inflammatory properties and is great for consuming when suffering from any kind of inflammations. We love herbs and have many different types growing in our garden. The seed has a fairly short viability and should not be used when more than 1 year old. Improve Heart Health. Indoor Culture. So when I see some shoots in places they shouldn't be, I pick them and eat them. Chives lose their flavor when cooked for any length of time, so they are primarily used raw as a garnish, usually chopped, for example, on baked potatoes with sour cream. I always tended to my herbs and helped with the veggies. So I got to thinking about all I would miss if the chive plants hadn't made it, and thus the 10 uses. That said, to get a significant amount of these nutrients, a person would have to eat a large quantity of chives. It helps in increasing the flow of blood in to the scalp and the hair roots, and thus increases hair growth. Thanks for the good words, habee. Cut leaves toward the base about one inch above the soil. The Best Way to Use Chives, From Soups to Vegetables to Main Dishes To use chives in just about everything you're cooking right now. Frieda Babbley from Saint Louis, MO on May 22, 2010: I told my mom about your article today and she said, you mean to tell me that the reason my roses are doing so well is because of the chives I planted? When frozen and brittle, pour them into plastic freezer bags, removing as much air as possible, and seal tightly. Used for beautifying gardens all over Europe, during the middle ages up until now, for over 5,000 years. Mary Craig from New York on May 01, 2012: You provided a lot of information on chives I was unaware of. Chives also contain folate. How to Grow Chives (Plus Uses) Growing chives in your own garden is a great way to take advantage of the multitude of benefits that the chives plant has to offer. The flowers are also edible and are used in salads, or used to make Blossom vinegars. Chives are a handy herb to have in the kitchen, either growing all year round or purchased. I don’t know any cook who wouldn’t welcome such a gift, nor any chive grower who wouldn’t be pleased to save money with this adventure. Although chives can be dried for storage, they lose much of their delicate savory nature in the process. One study in 285 women found that garlic and leeks were associated with a reduced risk of developing breast cancer. Your last idea was absolutely brilliant - to sell some. Felix J Hernandez from All over the USA on May 28, 2011: Wow, I just learned a lot. :) So glad, as a fellow chive grower, you found this useful. I will definitely get some and see how I can use them for cooking purposes. Here, learn about the possible…, All vegetables provide key vitamins, minerals, and fiber, but some have even more health benefits than others. Chives are full of opportunities, and I hope the pics contributed to conveying that idea. The water extract got by steeping the fresh or dried stem in hot water can be used for reducing any inflammation. Thanks for the lovely words. Choline also helps with mood, memory, muscle control, and other brain and nervous system functions. For example, one study indicated a potentially positive relationship between garlic and health conditions such as heart disease and high blood sugar. Instead of drying chives and storing them in jars (or buying expensive dried chive in the grocery store), snip or chop the chive leaves, spread them in a single layer on a flat baking sheet, and put them uncovered in the freezer. Bob Ewing from New Brunswick on May 29, 2010: Chives will be going into new gardens both shared garden and small one at home. They are a popular food worldwide, and they have many health benefits. In fact, it occurred to me that I need to pass along a link to your hub to a friend of mine who enjoys gardening as I do. lol. Based on molecular data, chives belong to the subgenus Rhizideum (Hanelt et al., 1992). More than just a garnish, chives awaken every dish they touch. Now I'm wondering if roses and chives don't send out some mysterious energy, like something that could be received by a sixth or seventh human sense, that actually makes us pair them up. Study finds that mindfulness does not actively reduce stress, COVID-19 live updates: Total number of cases passes 63.8 million. Thanks for giving me not only some new looks at chives' uses but a stroll down memory lane. Use chives to top your baked potatoes, soups, omelettes, and more. :). Not only do chives impart a flavor to many recipes, chives also offer some health benefits. Some research has specifically suggested that allium vegetables, including chives, could have anticancer effects. I have roses along the front of my porch at home and they do suffer at times from black spots and aphids (the latter not helped at all by the millions of ants in my yard). Learn about 15 of the most healthful…, © 2004-2020 Healthline Media UK Ltd, Brighton, UK, a Red Ventures Company. And since I drink my coffee black and plain, and rarely finish a cup, the cold dregs are going to the chives! The seed is carminative and stomachic. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on March 09, 2012: LOL, KarenCreftor, I respond to either. Some studies into allium vegetables and their organic compounds, such as allicin, suggest a positive relationship with certain health conditions. Many votes! Under Indian conditions especially in the rice eating areas chives has to be used as a cooked dish.
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