Everyone knows chives as a spice, but that it is also a medicinal plant is not so well known. We need it most when it sprouts from the ground in spring, because it dispels spring tiredness, cleans the blood and provides us with vitamin C.
Chives is a perennial plant. In spring, the chives shoot out of the rootstock within a short time, forming round, hollow stems. These stems can grow up to 30 cm high. Only a few months later, usually in May, some stems grow, which are considerably harder than the others.
The pink-violet flowers then unfold on these stems. The flowers are spherical. After the flowering period, normal stems grow again until the chives retreat into the soil at the beginning of winter.
Parts of plants used
Iron, arsenic (small amounts), vitamin C.
March to October.
Main use: Blood circulation.
- Inflammation of the stomach
- High blood pressure
- Loss of appetite
- Bowel inflammation
- Spring fever
Forms of preparation
The chives are best used in the kitchen around the world, because they unfold their strongest healing effects when eaten fresh. Nowadays, chives can be bought cheaply in pots and then left to grow on the windowsill.
A few snippets of it on bread or sprinkled in soup not only taste good, but are also good for your health. A herbal quark with fresh chives is also particularly valuable. You can also eat the flowers, for example in a salad.
|Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)|
|Energy||126 kJ (30 kcal)|
|Dietary fiber||2.5 g|
|Vitamin A equiv.|
|Pantothenic acid (B5)|
|†Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults. |
Source: USDA FoodData Central
Chives, scientific name Allium schoenoprasum, is a species of flowering plant in the family Amaryllidaceae that produces edible leaves and flowers. Their close relatives include the common onions, garlic, shallot, leek, scallion, and Chinese onion.
A perennial plant, it is widespread in nature across much of Europe, Asia, and North America.
Chives are a commonly used herb and can be found in grocery stores or grown in home gardens. In culinary use, the green stalks (scapes) and the unopened, immature flower buds are diced and used as an ingredient for omelettes, fish, potatoes, soups, and many other dishes. The edible flowers can be used in salads. Chives have insect-repelling properties that can be used in gardens to control pests.
The plant provides a great deal of nectar for pollinators. It was rated in the top 10 for most nectar production (nectar per unit cover per year) in a UK plants survey conducted by the AgriLand project which is supported by the UK Insect Pollinators Initiative.
- IPA(key): /t͡ʃaɪvz/
- Rhymes: -aɪvz
- plural of chive
- Third-person singular simple present indicative form of chive
- Informal second-person singular (tú) negative imperative form of chivar.
- Informal second-person singular (tú) present subjunctive form of chivar.