Chives

Chives

Allium Schoenoprasum

Chives are a dark green cylindrical leaf and make a good culinary herb. The smallest species of edible onions.

Chives can be sprinkled onto soft cheeses, dips, sour cream,fish, potatoes, soups and grilled meats.

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Garlic Chives – Allium Tuberosum. These Chives differ from normal chives in the shape of the leaf, their leaves are green and flat with a sweet garlic flavour when young. As they get older the leaf becomes tougher and the taste stronger.

Facts

One of the most ancient of all herbs. It resembles hollow blades of grass. The distinctive smell and taste is derived from a volatile oil, rich in sulphur and common in onions. Referred to only in plural, because they grow in clumps and not individually.

Nutrition and health benefits

The health benefits of Chives are similar to those of garlic; the faint effects in comparison with garlic are probably the main reason for their limited use as a medicinal herb. Chives are reported to have a beneficial effect on the circulatory system, is a mild stimulant, diuretic, and has some antiseptic properties.

Chives are also rich in vitamins A and C, and are rich in calcium and iron.

How to use Chives

Often snipped and sprinkled on food just before serving otherwise their flavour  disappears. They can be sprinkled onto soft cheeses or sprinkled onto grilled meats, or added  liberally to sour cream as a filling for jacket potatoes.

Storage Instructions

Please keep refrigerated. Keep in the fridge for up to 1 week. Rinse before use.

Recipes

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Potato & Leek soup with chives

Potato & Leek soup with chives

Ingredients 2 tablespoons neutral oil, such as canola or grapeseed oil 4-5 medium russet potatoes (1 pound), peeled and roughly chopped 3 large leeks (1 pound), cleaned, and thinly sliced 6 cups water or vegetable stock Salt, to taste 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup crème fraiche (Optional) 1/3 cup of chives, cleaned and chopped Directions Heat the oil in a large …

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Savoury Cheese muffins with Bacon and Chives

Savoury Cheese muffins with Bacon and Chives

Ingredients 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed 4 slices Bacon 2 tablespoons butter ¼ cup chopped fresh chives 2 cups all purpose flour 2teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoon sugar 2 eggs 1 cup milk 1 cup matured grated cheddar cheese Directions Cook bacon until crisp Cool and break up into small pieces (crumble) Preheat oven to 350C …

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