Chives

By EAT SMARTER
Updated on 09. Aug. 2020

Chives are one of cooking's great pleasures. With a delicious flavor that tastes like a mix of onions and garlic and ton of nutrients, chives are truly the perfect herb. 

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What You Should Know About Chives

Chives belong to the lily family, and are a close relative of onions, shallots, garlic and leek. Chives’ oniony, garlic taste makes it an incredibly popular herb that pairs well with virtually any savory dish. Chives reach peak freshness, flavor and are most nutritious when consumed in early summer.

Origins

Chives’ original home is in Central Asia, however have grown for centuries throughout Europe, North America and Asia.

Seasonality

Fresh chives grow from May through October, and in greenhouses during off-seasons. 

Flavor

Chives have a very spicy, slightly pungent taste, reminiscent of onion and garlic.

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How Healthy Are Chives?

Like its onion family relatives, chives owe their unique taste and slight pungency to the sulphur substances contained in their stems. These provide a slightly antibacterial and germicidal effect and a positive effect on digestion. Chives are also a good source of vitamin C, containing 47 milligrams per 100 gram serving. The stalks also contain considerable amounts of minerals, especially potassium, which helps to regulate the body's fluid balance. Ready-made soups and salads and canned foods can be spiced up with fresh chives and, above all, enriched with vitamins and minerals at the same time.
 

Chive Nutritional Info (100 g)  
Calories 27
Protein 3.6 g
Fat 0.7 g
Carbohydrates 1.6 g
Fiber 6.3 g


Shopping and Cooking Tips

Shopping

Chives can be purchased frozen or dried, though this is not particularly recommended. The best way to enjoy chives’ delicious flavor is when they’re consumed fresh. You can also grow chives fresh in a pot; the trick is to keep the soil slightly moist, but never wet, and to always leave some of the stalks standing. Keep the pot in a warm, sunny spot on the windowsill or balcony.

Storage

The best way to keep chives fresh is to rinse them, shake them try and keep them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. 

Preparation

Preparing chives is easy; simply rinse, shake them dry and then cut them finely with a sharp knife. 

What To Make With Chives

Chives are absolutely delicious in herb butter or combined with cheese, added to scrambled eggs and potato soup or as a garnish on potato salad and fried potatoes. Basically, chives pair well with any savory ingredient or recipe.

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