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Chive

Chive

Chives are a commonly used herb with a delicate onion taste. They add a pop of color and flavor to a wide variety of dishes. In the early 1500s, Europeans used chives to repel insects and evil spirits.

In the 1900s, the Gypsies believed that chives could be used to tell one’s fortune. Today, chives are commonly used in mashed or roasted potatoes, soups, and flavored butter.

Seasonality

Year-Round

Selection & Storage

When buying fresh chives, choose bunches that are vibrantly green colored.

When storing chives, wrap them in a damp wet towel and store in the refrigerator. If you plan on eating the chives soon, you can pre-chop them and set them in water to prevent dehydration.

Clever Uses

If you have a garden, you should consider growing chives! They spread quickly because their strong roots maintain soil integrity and prevent soil erosion. In addition to this benefit, it is suspected that chives repel various insects, such as aphids, from attacking other plants in its proximity.

Spray your plants with a mixture of chopped chives and water to prevent mildew from ruining said crops.

Food Science

Copper sulfate pentahydrate is the name of a chemical in chives that is responsible for its fungicide effects.

The sulfur compound in chives is not only responsible for its garlic/scallion-like taste, it is also why chives can repel aphids, as well as numerous other insects.

Cooking Tips

Adding chopped chives to sour cream makes a flavorful topping for potatoes!

If any dish lacks color or needs a garnish, use chives.

Avoid cooking chives for too long as they lose their color quickly. Adding them as a garnish or near the end of the cooking process is ideal, as the flavor seeps in, but the chives maintain their vibrant color.

Chives and potatoes are 2 peas in a pod - add chives to potato salad, baked potatoes or sprinkle over mashed potatoes.

Health Benefits

Chives possess choline, which helps to regulate sleep, mood, as well as muscle movement, and also aids in memory, absorption of fat, and reduction of chronic inflammation.

Chives posses folate, which can assist with depression by reducing the production of homocysteine, that when generated in excess obstructs serotonin and other chemicals responsible for happiness and hope.

Chives are high in antioxidants, which can aid in preventing variations of cancer.

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