Chives belong to the onion family which is a vegetable that
provides great health benefits as it is good for the blood,
helps to significantly lower cholesterol and to strengthen the
immune system which protects our bodies against colds and flu
viruses, and other health conditions and illnesses including
major diseases such as heart disease.
Chives are a vegetable or an edible plant that is a member of
the onion family, grouped together with onions, shallots, garlic
and leeks, the chive belongs to the allium family. Chives are
often classed as a herb, particularly in culinary terms. This is
a pretty vegetable, it is actually aromatic grass with pale
lilac flowers which are also edible.
Cutting and Preparing
Chives are usually snipped and used to garnish salads and soups,
chives are also often used as an additional ingredient to egg
recipes and certain types of soft cheese. Chives have a distinct
and delicious flavor similar to a mild onion taste.
be cooked but should only be cooked very briefly as they quickly
lose their nutritional value and health benefits through the
cooking process. In addition to this, the chive can lose flavor
very quickly when cooked.
Garlic Chives and Chinese
Garlic chives and Chinese chives are the same type just with
different names. The onion flavor of this variety tastes
marvelous when added to oriental recipes and stir-frys.
They should be prepared in exactly
the same way as the normal variety of chive, and makes a great
chives substitute. Both the green and white parts can be eaten.
Chives will stay fresh and fine to eat for up to seven days in
the refrigerator. Fresh and healthy chives will appear green
with no signs of wilting or brown spots.