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Also Known As : Common Chives
Technical Name : Allium schoenoprasum


Taste Profile

Chives have a mild onion flavor, that doesn’t tend to leave a long aftertaste.

Usage Tips

  1. Chives can be used as an aromatic herb.
  2. Chopped Chives can be added to potato dishes, quiches, scrambled eggs, sandwiches and bagels.
  3. Chives goes well with parsley, tarragon, and chervil, which together make up the well-known French “fines herbes” (blend of herbs traditionally used in French cooking).
  4. It can be stored in a cool place in a resealable container for up to a week.
  5. It can be used as a garnish or as flavouring for any dish that just needs a mild onion flavour.
  6. It can also be used in soups, sauces, omelettes, salads, poultry and fish and to flavour butter, dressings and dips.

Common names and forms

  1. Green Chives
  2. Natural Chives


Chives basically grow in clusters, their blade-like leaves growing straight upward. The green colored leaves are hollow, and come to a point. It sports globular spiky, pinkish-purple colored flowers in the early summer months, that are also edible. Some of its varieties have white and red flowers. It is added at the end of the cooking process because it loses flavor on coming in contact with high heat. It is native to Asia and Europe. It is found in Asia, Europe and America. It is available in spring and summer.

Health benefits

  • Chives are rich in fiber, which helps to prevent colon cancer.(1)
  • Quercetin in it reduces the build-up of plaque in the arteries.(1)
  • They contain vitamin K, that helps maintain bone integrity and density.(1)
  • They also contain selenium that boosts immunity.(1)
  • Lutein and Zeaxanthin present in chives reduce the oxidative stress in the eyes and boost vision health.(1)
  • They are rich in folate which is beneficial during pregnancy.(1)
  • They are a great source of choline, that aids proper sleep.(1)

Selection Guide

Look for chives that are uniformly green in color, crisp, and wispy. Avoid the ones that show any sign of wilting or browning.


Excess consumption of chives can lead to an upset stomach.(2) It may also cause allergic reaction in people who are allergic to onions.(3)

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