The health benefits of chives



Would you believe me if I tell you that my 7-year old twins love chive leaves? Yes, they do. Do not ask me how and the why because I do not know the answers. I only know that I am glad they do and I have a large clump of chives in my garden, some of which I transfer to a pot for indoors come wintertime. Chives belong to the onion (Allium) family, most probably among the smallest members. Other more well-known members are garlic and leek. Its Latin name is Allium schoenoprasum.

Chives are used as a condiment for a variety of dishes. They are also used as decorations and toppings for salads and cold dishes.

According to iloveindia.com, chives have many health benefits, namely:

Here is how my boys like their chives:

  • As extra sandwich flavoring. I cut the raw chive leaves into small pieces and sprinkle all over cheese or sausage spread.
  • As topping on their favorite fried rice-vegetable dish.
  • As garnish for salads.
  • As it is. Would you believe they’d nibble on a chive stalk like they’d nibble on a lolly?

I oveindia.com also gives us info on the nutrition content of chives. 100 grams of chives contains:

Vitamin A 4353 IU
Vitamin A 218 mcg
Vitamin B6  0.138 mg
Niacin  0.647 mg
Riboflavin  0.115 mg
Thiamin  0.078 mg
Vitamin C  58.1 mg
Vitamin E  0.21 mg
Vitamin K  212.7 mg
Calcium  92 mg
Copper  0.157 mg
Iron  1.6 mg
Manganese  0.373 mg
Magnesium  42 mg
Phosphorus  58 mg
Potassium  296 mg
Selenium  0.9 mcg
Sodium  3 mg
Zinc  0.56 mg
Protein  3.27 gm
Fiber  2.5 gm
Water  90.65 gm 
Carbohydrate  4.35 gm
Lipids (Fats)  0.73 gm
Energy  30 Kcal

 

But chives are not only for eating. They can also serve as nice ornamental plant with purple flowers and they serve as natural pest control in your garden.

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  1. I love chives so this is great news. I guess I should feed my four year old more of them since she is Miss Bruises. 🙂

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