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Chives: A Complete Guide To This Humble Yet Fragrant Herb

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Chives are among the must-have herbs every cook should have in their arsenal.  Their subtle onion and garlic flavor is a great way to boost the flavor of virtually any dish. Not to mention, their bright green color makes chives the perfect garnish.

What are chives?

Chives belong to the same family as garlic, shallot, scallion, leek and Chinese onion. 

What's the difference between chives, scallions and green onions? 

Chives belong to the species Allium schoenoprasum. Green onions and scallions come from the species the Allium fistulosum. Chives are considered and herb while green onions/scallions are categorized as a plant.

Growing chives

Chives perform best when grown in moist soil and full sun.

Nutrition

Chives are extremely low in calories but rich in vitamins A and C, calcium and iron. This humble herb has been linked to cancer prevention.

Recipes with Chives

Chives are much more than a pretty garnish. They add a pop of color and flavor to a variety of dishes, especially potatoes, salads and egg-based dishes. Here are some recipe ideas you can try:

Gourmet Scrambled Eggs

Chives pair exceptionally well with eggs and this recipe proves it. You'll love the tangy touch of chives and salmon caviar.

Soft Cheese Pizza

This beautiful vegetarian pizza gets extra flavor from cream cheese, red onions, basil and chives. Find the recipe here.

Colcannon Mashed Potatoes

Chives and potatoes are a classic pairing. You'll love this version of the iconic Irish dish colcannon mashed potatoes.

Find other amazing chive recipes here.

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