Scientifically known as Allium schoenoprasum it belongs to the same genus as that of onions and garlic known as Allium. Since it belongs to the same family as that of onions it also carries a distinctive onion taste and smell. It is used as herb in many delicacies as it helps to enhance the flavour of the food while giving it a good presentation. They were first cultivated 5000 years back in Europe which dates back to the 15th century. Chives are that vegetable which was grown in both new world referring to America as well as old world in reference to European countries, Asia and Africa. Chive’s are available in the market throughout the year, they are planted in early spring and are cold tolerant. Chive’s are also planted in gardens as they blossom into beautiful purple flowers making it an ornament plant. Garden enthusiast also plant chives in order to wade of fungal infections, and sometimes to draw a distinctive line between two plantations. They are also known for its medicinal usage. Both Romans and Chinese people believed that chives are rich in healing properties. According to a cultural belief hanging chives on the doors of the house will prevent the house from evil and protect its inmates against diseases. It is also believed to increase fertility in men.
- Excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese.
- Provide healthy amounts of thiamin, niacin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, riboflavin, and zinc.
- It includes anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal, and antimicrobial properties.
Health Benefit Of Chives
- Prevent neural tube defects in the newborns.
- Protect you from lung and mouth cancers.
- Improve eye sight and clear acne.
- Helps to improve the metabolism of the body.
- Good source of dietary fiber.
- High quantities of zinc, magnesium, copper, potassium, phosphorous, calcium and iron.
- Improve the immune system, elasticity of blood vessels and skin, Prevents Bruising.
Chives are aromatic grass with pale lilac Flowers
|Principle||Nutrient Value||Percentage of RDA|
|Total Fat||0.73 g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber||2.5 g||7%|
|Pantothenic acid||0.324 mg||6.5%|
|Vitamin A||4353 IU||145%|
|Vitamin C||58.1 mg||98%|
|Vitamin E||0.21 mg||1.5%|
|Vitamin K||212.7 µg||177%|
It is often only eaten as part of a garnish to the food , which means the nutrition value is totally lost as it is not consumed in whole some quantity. It also have a very low calorie count of 8 calories in 28 grams of chives. Chives gives you 16% of your daily intake of vitamin K ; this vitamin is known for strengthening your bones and prevents osteoporosis. Good intake of vitamin K can reduce the chances of fractures. It aids in effective metabolic activities and aids in smooth digestion; this food has a component that can kill salmonella a digestive disorder causing substance. Rich in anti oxidant properties; chive’s are capable of fighting cancer and tumor causing cells. Food rich in allicin like chive’s helps in managing blood sugar levels; controls blood pressure and cholesterol levels to a great extent thus preventing clogged arteries and aiding in good cardiovascular functioning. Owing to its medicinal properties this food is used to relieve from sore throat, headaches and flu.
How To Enjoy Chives
Chives are flavoursome herb that lifts the dish from an ordinary to an extra ordinary delicacy. A bouquet of chive’s is every kitchen essential. Today chive’s are also replacing onions in many ways owing to its nutritious value. Chives are added to tomato and basil soup as it adds a crunch to it, baked potatoes with chives is a traditional dish one can never go wrong with. Apart from these it is also used in salads, added to yoghurt, added to dips and sauce, Chinese use it in their noodles and rice, pan fried vegetables with chives and something that one cannot miss is chive used as herb in pizza dressings.
Chives have found a place in multiple cuisines , adequate consumption of this vegetable will result in a healthy body.