Posted Thursday March 9th 2023
A species of flowering plant that produces edible leaves and flowers. Their close relatives include the common onions, garlic, shallot, leek, scallion, and Chinese onion.WikipediaChives
Chives are a commonly used herb and can be found in grocery stores or grown in home gardens. In culinary use, the green stalks (scapes) and the unopened, immature flower buds are diced and used as an ingredient for omelettes, fish, potatoes, soups, and many other dishes.
- A perennial plant
- Widespread in nature across much of Europe, Asia, and North America.
- Chives have insect-repelling properties that can be used in gardens to control pests.
- Chives are cultivated both for their culinary uses and for their ornamental value; the violet flowers are often used in ornamental dry bouquets.
- Chives thrive in well-drained soil, rich in organic matter, with a pH of 6-7 and full sun.
- They can be grown from seed and mature in summer, or early the following spring.
- Chives have been cultivated in Europe since the Middle Ages (from the fifth until the 15th centuries)
- The Romans believed chives could relieve the pain from sunburn or a sore throat.
- They believed eating chives could increase blood pressure and act as a diuretic.
- In the 19th century, Dutch farmers fed cattle on the herb to give a different taste to their milk.