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:
- Chives, when finely chopped and consumed with food, are said to aid digestion and stimulate appetite.
- Consumption of chives has been found to be beneficial for the respiratory system of an individual.
- It has been seen that chives can help the body in digesting fatty foods, such as cheese.
- For those suffering from tiredness and fatigue, consuming chives can serve to be a good remedy.
- Since chives have been known to have diuretic properties, they can reduce obesity and fluid retention.
- Researches have revealed the result that chives help reduce the risk of prostate cancer, by as much as 50 percent.
- Chives have been found to comprise of mild anti-inflammatory properties.
- The oil of Chinese chives is believed to help heal bruises and kill germs in the intestines.
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|
|Vitamin C||58.1 mg|
|Vitamin E||0.21 mg|
|Vitamin K||212.7 mg|
|Lipids (Fats)||0.73 gm|
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.