Herb Profile: Chives

Popular among Greeks, Egyptians and Romans, chives are easily grown in any garden, or even where there is no garden.  They are part of the lily family, like onions and other types of herbs. Chives originated from Asia and Europe, coming to the United States later. Both the leaves and the flowers are edible.

Chives are noted for having certain health benefits, such as those needed for

  • Digestion
  • Circulation
  • Respiration

Note: Consult a doctor if you are being treated for any illnesses before using any type of food for its’ health benefits.

My nephews enjoy eating the leaves fresh from the garden.

Chives make great additions to many recipes, including

  • Soups
  • Stews
  • Salads
  • Potato Recipes

Here are some ways you can use chives

  • Top baked potato with chopped leaves.
  • Add to soups and stews after cooking.
  • Chop leaves and add to omelets.
  • Use the flowers in salads.

What uses do you have for chives?


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