FlyingPanther from here today gone tomorrow!! How to Grow Chives Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on June 06, 2012: LOL, Gloshei, what a great comment. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on May 29, 2010: Zsuzsy, I'm so glad you mentioned the coffee grounds. 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. In the late spring, the plants are loaded with delicate pale to deep lavender-colored flowers. Common culinary uses for garlic chives include traditional Asian dishes like pork and chive potstickers, stir-frys, and spring rolls. Chives are one of the most common herbs found in supermarkets. 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. A very interesting hub Sally I love chives and give such a delicate flavour. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on June 04, 2012: moonlake, one of the delights I have in the garden is eating the fresh chive sprouts when they start to grow in places I don't want them. Voted up, interesting and useful. It may be that the chives both Dianacharles and Feline Prophet mention are Allium tuberosum rather than Allium schoenoprasum, the subject of this hub. Chives hold ornamental interest throughout their growing season, spring through fall. However, dried chives have also paved their way into being an essential substitute for fresh chives. marisuewrites from USA on September 05, 2010: Wow,this is so interesting! The oil has antibacterial properties. https://www.thespruceeats.com/chinese-recipes-using-garlic- If you can't whole brussels try peeling the leaves off and gently cook like cabbage, they don't taste so strong. I'd sell my only child right now for chives on a potato. Chives, or Allium schoenoprasum, contain nutrients that are important for sleep and bone health. I think my favorite taste is cream cheese and chives. It's fresh and light, not at all like a chili pepper or a peppercorn. wadoods, thank you for your thoughtful comment. All the best to you and yours! Toss the first juicy, … They carry a mild flavour that adds an elegant finishing touch to any recipe, and is commonly used as a garnish. My diet is restricted to no carbs, only greens and other low- or no-carb veggies. 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. Chives are an herb that's related to onions and garlic with long green stems and a mild, not-too-pungent flavor. Nellieanna, thank you for sharing this tender and beautifully told story. Since u have joined the hub try to collect info on herbs under the Indian Herb gardening banner. This article looks at research into the health benefits of garlic and the…, People have used passionflower for medicinal purposes for centuries. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on June 06, 2010: Love to hear from a chive lover. I'm getting hungry... Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on June 17, 2010: Pcunix, you are welcome. I enjoyed taking those pictures yesterday and then finding the one with the bee. Wow, what an interesting hub. We are zone 6 here, and her mint has been thriving for years without being in the ground. Tony Lawrence from SE MA on June 16, 2010: Thank you. Glad you found this hub interesting and useful. Other sources of vitamin K include leafy green vegetables, vegetable oils, and fruits including blueberries and figs. Frieda Babbley from Saint Louis, MO on May 22, 2010: I told my mom about your article today and she said, you mean to tell me that the reason my roses are doing so well is because of the chives I planted? For example, a 2019 review summarizes research that has linked 16 different species of allium vegetables with preventing or positively influencing cancer. I had to constantly reassure him it was not the grass growing so fast but the chives! The seeds sprout easily when they are planted in a moist growing medium and set on a sunny windowsill. Since chive plants reseed so easily, you need not interfere with their reproductive process unless they are too prolific and start choking each other off, in which case you want to thin them out. :). Fresh leaves are excellent for making herbal vinegars and butter. I don't think it's too late, is it? It Cooked garlic chives help in treating digestive, kidney, and liver problems. The Health Benefits of Chives. Thanks so much. Darlene and Hello, thank you for your good words. A quarter cup of chives offers just 4 calories. Chives stimulate the body to produce glutathione, which can detect and get rid of cancer causing elements and toxins from the body. We also…, Herbal tinctures are the liquid from concentrated herbs soaked in alcohol. Garlic chives make a flavourful alternative to regular chives in non-Asian 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. Thanks for the lovely words. Wash before using. You might be surprised at the enthusiastic reception you receive. (Credit: Hirsheimer & Hamilton) More than just a garnish, chives awaken every dish they touch. 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! When you want to use them, just pour out the amount you want from the freezer bag, let them thaw a bit, and then add them to foods as you would freshly picked chives. Chive flowers add a soothing pastel color and a light and airy feel to spring-time flower arrangements. These grow wild in a near town I pass and did not know it had many uses. annemaeve from Philly Burbs on May 24, 2010: What a fun read, Sally! 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. Yes indeed, we are fellow-chive lovers! Chives are known to have cancer-fighting properties. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on June 04, 2010: Dolores, I think you'll really enjoy this addition to a salad. PS> at least we dont have to go to war with the chives LOL,Me and my Canadian humor LOL. I'm going to definitely give this a try asap. It's a great way to contain those runners. For Their Culinary Uses. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on March 09, 2012: LOL, KarenCreftor, I respond to either. Some research has also linked the chemicals in chives and other allium vegetables with anticancer effects. The grass had already overtaken where the veggie garden had been but the chives, oregano, borage and comfrey were still holding their own. Glad you enjoyed this Hub and that chives may play a bigger part in your family's life. Along the same lines as being a permaculture plant, chives are also an excellent companion plant. Chives are so pretty; I don't know why I haven't planted them before. My roses are white and I have some red and purple flowers near, so the chives will work with the landscaping just beautifully. Plus, I love adding them to food. Grow chives as companion plants in your vegetable and rose gardens to encourage bees and healthy plant growth and to discourage pests and diseases. Chives, Allium schoenoprasum, are perennial herbs in the family Liliaceae grown for their leaves which are used as culinary herbs.The chive plant is a member of the onion family and forms small bulbs from the roots. Look for fresh chives with a vibrant and even green color, and steer clear of ones that are soft, dry or wilting. It helps in maintaining a healthy and balanced metabolism. I've never eaten the flower, though. You were the inspiration for it. 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. gorgeous. Chives have very dense roots. Deborah Neyens from Iowa on June 04, 2012: What a great hub! Prevent erosion of your soil. Grow chives from your own harvested seed in pots to give as gifts. He was first mentioned by Richard Goodman in Bowser Junior's AirPods! What fun! Karen Creftor from Kent, UK on March 09, 2012: I have just read your profile...I mean Sherri not Sally hehe xx, Wonderful hub! Some studies into allium vegetables and their organic compounds, such as allicin, suggest a positive relationship with certain health conditions. 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. Chives can also be frozen for later use. The procedure for such recipe needs to be discussed on the hub for the culinary use of chives in India. Lovely hub. If you like to experiment with pepper flavors, add some chive blossoms to a homemade vinaigrette that also includes some freshly ground white and black peppercorns. I hope you enjoy discovering them. 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. Maybe you'll write a hub and share some of your chive pictures. I have chives in my garden and I love how beautiful they are and how they attract bees. Chives hold ornamental interest throughout their growing season, spring... 2. Thank you for your advice on growing chive and preserving its greens in ice. It is low in fat, thus is safe for those who suffer from obesity and are restricted from most of the herbs and spices. I'd die for that! Never thought of pairing chives with our roses...but may give it a try. The only thing you don’t want to do with chives is cook them for a long time — their delicate flavor and texture can’t withstand high heat. on May 21, 2010: Dear sally thank you for sharing this amazing hub with us all.Back in BC Canada we would use Chives alot for our meals as well as garlic *S*. Some research has specifically suggested that allium vegetables, including chives, could have anticancer effects. Barring a flood or mudslide, the mature chive plant’s dense root mass will anchor your slope in place. Garlic may also have antitumor and antimicrobial effects. Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on May 29, 2010: Some of my chives are growing right along the geraniums. Bless you Sally, we may miles apart but at least we can make each other laugh. 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 did not know that the chive flowers are edible. Mulberry, I'm glad you got some new and useful information here. Uses Chives are usually used fresh and are a common addition to baked potatoes, cream soups, and egg dishes. Native to India and China and dispersed through centuries around the globe, they are beautiful, hardy, tasty, good for your health, and very easy to grow. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on June 05, 2012: Gloshei, chopped chives on mashed potatoes? How to Use Chives. Chives contain a small amount of choline: 0.16 mg per tbsp. You covered a lot of territory. A whole chive flower might make the mouth burn! I have been adding them to gardens for years now and find them most useful. Chive Eggs (3 ways) So you technically get 3 recipes here! I've dried, frozen and just grabbed handfulls and eaten them! One study in 285 women found that garlic and leeks were associated with a reduced risk of developing breast cancer. I must admit I did not know about them being a pest repellent this is useful. Thanks for the good words, habee. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on May 22, 2010: Trish, thank you for your encouragement. The chapter also highlights the uses of chives in different recipes around the world. Read more about the permaculture uses for chives from Amy at Tenth Acre Farm. Harvest chives throughout the season to prevent the leaves from becoming tough and to encourage formation of new bulblets. It helps in increasing the flow of blood in to the scalp and the hair roots, and thus increases hair growth. Felix J Hernandez from All over the USA on May 28, 2011: Wow, I just learned a lot. :), Saley’s Trove your article has taken poor chives to the zenith of its existence. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on July 11, 2012: Wadoods, thank you for your kind words and informative comment. So I got to thinking about all I would miss if the chive plants hadn't made it, and thus the 10 uses. More in the summer since they are growing in my garden. You can also freeze them into larger containers of water (like a gelatin mold, for example) and float the ice blocks in a punch bowl. Chives are a popular ingredient in French omelets and cheese soufflés. And, as it turns out, look at all the rich comments! The edible flowers can be … Sadly, the kind I've had was store-bought. Research has linked vegetable-rich diets with a reduced risk of many types of cancer. 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. Ooooo we should throw seeds out the window next time we get on the turnpike! But he was going into dementia and I sensed that it was something he felt he must do, perhaps worrying about my having to care for it all alone when he could no longer do his major part - he was the main veggie gardener. 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. The chive plant and its flowers make a stunning display in the perennial garden. I eat them right in the garden and like to use them in our food. In this article, learn how it may help reduce anxiety and improve sleep. 10 Uses for Chives 1. So I suppose I'll be buying some tomorrow. Thanks for reading and commenting! Thanks for reading and leaving the good words. But then, after my darling late husband went outside one day and removed all the logs from around all the remainders of the veggie garden - and then around my still thriving herb garden, I became a bit alarmed. Mary Craig from New York on May 01, 2012: You provided a lot of information on chives I was unaware of. Just make sure they are dry before they go on that baking sheet and into the freezer. Great hub! Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients in Garlic Chives. Chives planted among roses deter black spot and aphids. In fact, as I began to get serious about it because of you, I found my self migrating from, "Ho-hum, who cares, everybody knows this," to, "Son of a gun, I've actually got at least 15 uses!" This variety of chives, which has been used in Chinese cooking for thousands of years, are distinct from common chives in … Look forward to trying that! Holle Abee from Georgia on June 05, 2010: I love chives and often grow my own. Other uses of the herb: The juice of the plant is used as a moth repellent. But today I will share 5 ideas to get your wheels turning. But 10 seemed to be the better number. Researchers therefore need to conduct more studies before they can determine the amount a person needs to eat for this effect, and the relative effectiveness of other interventions. Well, maybe I'll hand you the camera. It's really easy to do. Chives are scientifically known as Allium Schoenoprasum. :) So glad, as a fellow chive grower, you found this useful. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on June 03, 2012: toomuchmint, what a great comment! Kindly respond. D.A.L., thanks for the good words. Chives’ small bulbs grow near the soil surface, so use mulch to conserve moisture and keep the weeds down. Habby from College Station, Texas on May 23, 2010: Sally's Trove, thank you for doing some research for me. Chive leaves add a mild fresh onion taste and also enhance the natural flavors of the food to which they are added. Use Chive Plants to Control Soil Erosion. A person would need to eat a high quantity of chives and other foods that contain choline to get the recommended AI. However, a person would need to eat more than the average serving size of chives to get these health benefits. Chives are a popular ingredient in French omelets and cheese soufflés. Hello, hello, from London, UK on May 21, 2010: You wrote an excellent hub with so much information and many tips. Add chive flowers to flower arrangements. Thanks Sally it may be late for me this year but next year this is a must, just get some brussel sprouts. https://www.allrecipes.com/article/how-to-eat-chive-flowers You have made me a believer I will now grow chives! U could come to the rescue of the continental herb growers. Chives are a wonderful, savory herb that can be used in the kitchen in a variety of dishes, in the yard for visual appeal, and even in the home like a pest repellent. It improves the appetite, is digestive, hypotensive and tonic. Thanks so much for adding your experience here. Use chive to repel pests and attract bees. I always tended to my herbs and helped with the veggies. Packaged this way, frozen chives will last in the freezer throughout the cold winter. I like what you said about the geraniums and chives together. You are the true mistress of my camera, my dear. Chives are a nutrient-dense food. You have enlightened me, and I am eager to use my new "chive" know how in my own garden! Create a stunning outdoor garden display. Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) have been used for aesthetic and culinary purposes for thousands of years. Chives, Allium schoenoprasum, are perennial herbs in the family Liliaceae grown for their leaves which are used as culinary herbs. Other uses of the herb: The juice of the plant is used as an insect repellent, it also has fungicidal properties and is effective against scab, mildew etc. When you get around to planting them, start with potted young plants instead of seeds, and try different areas around your house and yard...full sun or partial shade for example. In terms of culinary appeal, the flavor of chives is considerably milder than onion or garlic. :). Allium vegetables and their components may have effects at various stages of cancer and could affect biological processes that modify a person’s risk. … The authors of the review explain that although allium vegetables may help prevent cancer, more research has looked into the effects of garlic and onion on cancer than those of chives. They are delicious...spicy, fresh, peppery, and beautiful in a salad. Chives are a common herb and can be found in most grocery stores. Flavor is much milder and more subtle than other members of the onion family. Many of our western herbs came from Asia, certainly from India. The flowers are also edible and are used in salads, or used to make Blossom vinegars. Including chives in your daily diet protects you from common cold, yeast infections and flu. There are actually 2 different types of chives. Nice Job. Both are blooming and it looks awesome right now... the lavender flowers of the chives next to the orange red geraniums. And your extra bit of research will be helpful to her. Usually, I add them to the compost pile, but I think I'll reserve at least some of them for the chives. Wendy, thanks for the good words. Although chives can be dried for storage, they lose much of their delicate savory nature in the process. It would be in the interest of herb gardeners if they exchange notes and plant material in India. About the invasive mint, a neighbor of mine grows spearmint and chocolate mint in a huge terracotta-colored plastic pot on her patio. Chives are so versatile that they inspire countless projects and money-making, money-saving adventures. For good production, top-dress with a nitrogen-heavy fertilizer in late spring or early summer if your soil is not already nutrient-rich. The heart can be regarded as the central transport hub of the entire body. If you harvest the chive plants after their first bloom by cutting all or part of each plant back to within a one-half inch of the soil surface, the plant will grow new foliage, and flowers as well, although in lesser profusion, throughout the summer. However, the productive growth cycle is commonly completed within a year. I'm so glad you went ahead with this hub. 10 Top Medicinal Uses Of Chives For Skin, Hair & Health: 1. Chives contain a small amount of choline. Chives have been used as a sore throat remedy from ancient times. Chives are in season in spring and summer. The authors highlighted the compounds S‐allyl mercaptocysteine, quercetin, flavonoids, and ajoene for their potential anticancer properties. Very interesting and useful thank you Sally :D. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on May 31, 2011: Glad you found this Hub useful, DRG. 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. Sherri (author) from Southeastern Pennsylvania on May 25, 2010: Annemaeve, what a cool idea about tossing seeds on the turnpike...but we'd have to pick one of the wildflower patches that don't get mowed down except every second or third year. Also, some people may find that eating a lot of chives can cause stomach upset. "Pepper" takes on a whole new meaning. https://www.foodbloggersofcanada.com/19-ways-to-use-chives-in-your-cooking Used for beautifying gardens all over Europe, during the middle ages up until now, for over 5,000 years. Keep them coming! The sturdy, hollow stem supporting the chive flower retains its rigor when cut and placed in water. Respectfully, and with many thanks for explaining so clearly and illustrating so prettily the difference which chives can make in a body's life, Derdriu.