Hello, hello, from London, UK on May 21, 2010: You wrote an excellent hub with so much information and many tips. :). marisuewrites from USA on September 05, 2010: Wow,this is so interesting! Felix J Hernandez from All over the USA on May 28, 2011: Wow, I just learned a lot. Use chives to replace parsley. What fun! Chives can be a healthy alternative to other flavorings as they are low in calories. The sturdy, hollow stem supporting the chive flower retains its rigor when cut and placed in water. I love chive plants we have in our garden and in with the flowers. As for aesthetics, the chive and roses will come into their first blooms at pretty much the same time. For Their Culinary Uses. I'm getting hungry... Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on June 17, 2010: Pcunix, you are welcome. This means that eating foods rich in these substances could benefit eyesight. So I suppose I'll be buying some tomorrow. Garlic chives also produce white flowers, which can also be used in cooking and have a fairly strong garlicky flavor. List of various diseases cured by Garlic Chives. Just a bit of warning...take the young flowers apart and bite their pieces, and take them apart when you add them to a salad. Your enthusiasm for the idea was the push I needed. Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are among the world’s most versatile and prolific herb plants. https://www.foodbloggersofcanada.com/19-ways-to-use-chives-in-your-cooking Chives are a common topping for foods such as: Chives are a common member of the allium family of vegetables, alongside garlic and onions. The chive plant is a member of the onion family and forms small bulbs from the roots. There are actually 2 different types of chives. Medicinal use of Garlic Chives: The whole plant is antibacterial, cardiac, depurative, digestive, stimulant, stomachic and tonic. It's a great way to contain those runners. Chive leaves add a mild fresh onion taste and also enhance the natural flavors of the food to which they are added. Chives are popular in French cuisine where they are one of the fines herbes, which is a term for the core set of herbs used throughout French cooking. Propagation of Chives: Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Although chives can be dried for storage, they lose much of their delicate savory nature in the process. The photos are lovely, and I'm very fortunate that I can enjoy gardening vicariously through your writings and of course, the best, by visiting you. Chives are good for keeping your hair strong and healthy. Frieda, I'm so glad you want to try planting chive around your roses. Chives planted close to carrots encourage bigger carrots. Like its cousins, onion, leeks and garlic, chives is a bulbous perennial herb in the amaryllis family and is the smallest member of the onion genus. Allium vegetables and their components may have effects at various stages of cancer and could affect biological processes that modify a person’s risk. I did not know that the chive flowers are edible. Chives may have originated in China, Siberia or Greece and are generally native to Europe, but Today, Chives sell in grocery stores and can be found freely in virtually all parts of the world. Chives are so pretty; I don't know why I haven't planted them before. Chives are a common topping for baked potatoes, and many people use the herb in dishes that call for onions. How Chive is effective for various diseases is listed in repertory format. Flavor is much milder and more subtle than other members of the onion family. I've dried, frozen and just grabbed handfulls and eaten them! Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) is a species of flowering plants that produced edible flowers, stems, and leaves. Frieda Babbley from Saint Louis, MO on May 21, 2010: Awesome hub! George would look out the patio door and comment that the lawn needed cutting! Choline is an important nutrient that helps maintain the structure of cellular membranes. According to the ODS, this water-soluble B vitamin plays a role in conditions such as: Chives also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which are carotenoids. You have made me a believer I will now grow chives! Chives are a perennial plant and are most commonly found in Europe, Asia, and North America. In earlier videos, he was mentioned. Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 04, 2012: I love eating chives did not realize that they were so easy to grow and had so many uses. This article provides an overview of chives, including a nutritional breakdown, their possible health benefits, and some ways to incorporate chives into the diet. ;) I'm following you, and welcome to HP. I've never seen anyone make a whole dish of chives, but I think it might be interesting to try, plus it would be nutritious and definitely low-cal. 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. I'd love to see a hub written about how chives are prepared and used in India, as I am far from expert on this topic. Health benefits Cancer. The procedure for such recipe needs to be discussed on the hub for the culinary use of chives in India. Just make sure they are dry before they go on that baking sheet and into the freezer. Tony Lawrence from SE MA on June 16, 2010: Thank you. 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. So I got to thinking about all I would miss if the chive plants hadn't made it, and thus the 10 uses. Typically used fresh, and most often (although not always) as a garnish, they add a bright color and oniony flavor to soups, dressings, and dips, along with many egg and potato-based dishes. To flush them out, just plunge the flowers into water several time and swish them around. Garlic Chives Uses. When adding chives to hot foods, add them immediately before serving so that they remain fresh and green and retain their subtle flavor. Fresh chives are one of the most valuable ingredients in the cooking process worldwide. The seed has a fairly short viability and should not be used when more than 1 year old. According to the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), the adequate intake (AI) of choline is 550 mg per day for adult males and 425 mg per day for adult females. Chive plants ask for so little while they give so much, to the point of taking over your garden with their quick-growing seedlings if you let them. 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 covered a lot of territory. It is related to garlic and … In Sweden, the herb is used to make gräddfil sauce to accompany herring. 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. Bibb Lettuce, Chicken, and Cherry Salad With Creamy Horseradish Dressing. This recipe is a family favorite that always stirs up good memories and moments. 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. Your photos are beautiful, a second calling for you? The first growth very quickly after a mowing was always the garlic chives! Anti Inflammatory Properties: Chives have anti inflammatory properties and is great for consuming when suffering from any kind of inflammations. It is low in fat, thus is safe for those who suffer from obesity and are restricted from most of the herbs and spices. Now you have to figure out how to use chives in pole dancing. Uses. Have fun! Make an herb butter with chives as a savory accompaniment to corn on the cob or hot biscuits. I'm going to definitely give this a try asap. 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. Plant chives in rock gardens or on hills to minimize soil erosion. During the start of the Middle Ages, Europeans began cultivating chive herbs, to be used as a different food source. ThriftyBoomer, there are plenty of gardeners on HP. :). But 10 seemed to be the better number. Angela Brummer, glad you enjoyed this hub. About the invasive mint, a neighbor of mine grows spearmint and chocolate mint in a huge terracotta-colored plastic pot on her patio. Sadly, the kind I've had was store-bought. This is a brilliant tip! Chives are good for preventing itching of the scalp as well. So glad you found some new uses for chives! We are zone 6 here, and her mint has been thriving for years without being in the ground. lol. Add young chive flowers (ones which have not yet set seeds), whole or separated into individual florets, to a fresh green salad for a pleasant, quite spicy-hot flavoring. I suddenly want to plant them everywhere, and not just because I know they thrive on neglect. 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). And your extra bit of research will be helpful to her. Propagation of Garlic Chives: Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Chives are scientifically known as Allium Schoenoprasum. Chive flowers produce enormous amounts of seed, which can be easily shaken out of their drying petals. :). Thumbs up! Chives are a Companion Plant. And since I drink my coffee black and plain, and rarely finish a cup, the cold dregs are going to the chives! It helps in increasing the flow of blood in to the scalp and the hair roots, and thus increases hair growth. If you plant them outside, they'll get great root growth through the growing season and bloom like crazy for you next spring. She'd never "bitten" them before, and she loved it! I didn't know chive flowers can be eaten. Chives make a great addition to many meals and are such an easy way to add extra flavor and color to your cooking. However, in moderation, most people can safely add chives to their diet. Chives have very dense roots. Yes indeed, we are fellow-chive lovers! Trust you to know all the ins and outs of Chives. Chive Eggs (3 ways) So you technically get 3 recipes here! Make a few phone calls or visits to local restaurants or markets to see if they are interested in purchasing your surplus. Chive is an herb. My grandpa used to add all the coffee grounds to the chives and geraniums. 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. 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. wadoods, thank you for your thoughtful comment. That said, to get a significant amount of these nutrients, a person would have to eat a large quantity of chives. Thanks for reading and leaving the good words. Wendy, thanks for the good words. Just like the other members of the family Alliaceae, chives … Deborah Neyens from Iowa on June 04, 2012: What a great hub! He is the private butler for Mr. Goodman's family, and formerly and temporarily for Joseph in Joseph The Millionaire! P.S. Chives contain vitamin K… Under Indian conditions especially in the rice eating areas chives has to be used as a cooked dish. Maybe you'll write a hub and share some of your chive pictures. You can use chives in really anything that onion would taste good in. U could come to the rescue of the continental herb growers. Research has linked vegetable-rich diets with a reduced risk of many types of cancer. Wendy Henderson from Cape Coral on May 27, 2010: I use chives a lot. Chives thrive in well-drained soil, rich in organic matter, with a pH of 6-7 and full sun. It is an anti-emetic herb that improves kidney function. Chives belong to the Allium family and consist of underground stems and bulbs. I remember your hub on onions - it was my introduction to your writing and I was so impressed! That's what is all about. It's requested for Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthday parties, potlucks and other gatherings. Chives also prevent breakage of hair, so that you have thick and shiny hair. I think chives would complement the ornamental grasses on that slope very nicely. Add chive flowers to flower arrangements. Uses Chives are usually used fresh and are a common addition to baked potatoes, cream soups, and egg dishes. It produces a bright green oil that’s great when splashed over poached/grilled fish or chicken, sprinkled on creamy soups, roasted potatoes, or pasta. You can also add young chive flowers to plain white vinegar. Holle Abee from Georgia on June 05, 2010: I love chives and often grow my own. Chive flowers taste almost like freshly ground peppercorn but with an added mild onion flavor. Keep them coming! 10 Uses for Chives 1. Your last idea was absolutely brilliant - to sell some. Thanks Sally it may be late for me this year but next year this is a must, just get some brussel sprouts. Separate the flowers into florets. … They are widely cultivated in Europe, Asia and North America. Nellieanna, thank you for sharing this tender and beautifully told story. I have reques Diana to give the details of the procedure. It has similar properties to garlic (A. sativum), but in a much milder form, and it is rarely used medicinally. Ooooo we should throw seeds out the window next time we get on the turnpike! They can be had to detox the body and also to heal wounds faster. Some research has also linked the chemicals in chives and other allium vegetables with anticancer effects. 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. Mulberry, I'm glad you got some new and useful information here. Garlic chives, also known as Chinese chives, Asian chives, Chinese leeks, or the Latin allium tuberosum are a common form of chive native to southern China. Flowers can also be harvested for use as an edible garnish. 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. Leaves can be used to flavor salads, dips, soups, stews, vinegars, cheese dishes sour cream and butter. Chives hold ornamental interest throughout their growing season, spring... 2. Do SARS-CoV-2 mutations affect its transmissibility? A person would need to eat a high quantity of chives and other foods that contain choline to get the recommended AI. 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. You've got an email from me coming your way with more info about growing chives in Texas. You just came up with Use Number 11. The herb can be preserved by crushing in a mixer with cold water, It forms a viscous green liquid .This liquid can be stored in ice cube form in the fridge. :). Also, a 2015 review of studies reports that eating allium vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer, particularly gastrointestinal cancer. Karen Creftor from Kent, UK on March 09, 2012: I have just read your profile...I mean Sherri not Sally hehe xx, Wonderful hub! Also known as rush leeks, the cultivation of chives as food dates to ancient Rome. Chives can also be frozen for later use. Some research has... Sleep and mood. Well, maybe I'll hand you the camera. I don't think it's too late, is it? :). It seems as though you should be able to grow chives nicely as long as their requirements for well drained soil and ample water are met. Thanks! Choline is an important nutrient that helps maintain the... Other health benefits. Maybe you'll try freezing some of your summer garden chives for winter use? The mildness of the onion flavour is not overwhelming and chives can … Bob Ewing from New Brunswick on May 29, 2010: Chives will be going into new gardens both shared garden and small one at home. I'm so glad you went ahead with this hub. Chives are a common addition to baked potatoes in restaurants, but you can do the same at home simply by snipping a few on top of your potato when it … I'd die for that! When I first started growing roses, I just planted chive around them because I liked the contrasts, just like your mom does. 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! The leaves of the plant are tapering, hollow and cylindrical and have a soft texture. Chives are an herb that's related to onions and garlic with long green stems and a mild, not-too-pungent flavor. It … The edible flowers can be … Thanks for putting a smile on my face.