A Lesson In: Chives

Let’s talk about chives. 

Popular in the garden and in the kitchen, chives are an herb with long green stems and a mild, not-too-pungent flavor. With their mild and sweet bite, chives add a hit of freshness to just about any savory meal, making them a delicious addition to your favorite recipes.

Providing a delicate garlic flavor, chives are a member of the onion family. They’re smaller and more tender than green onions or scallions and are often preferable to the palate because they don’t overwhelm other flavors in a dish.

Colorful and aromatic, chives are really at their best when eaten raw. Whether added as a topping to a salad or soup or paired with an omelette, this go-with-anything herb is sure to add a delightful kick of flavor.

Not only do chives elevate many recipes, but they also offer some health benefits.

According to the horticulture center at Illinois State University, colonists initially brought chives to America for their medicinal properties. Jam-packed with vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, niacin, and calcium, chives contain a host of essential nutrients important for a healthy diet. In addition, traditional folk remedies use the celebrated herb to ease an upset stomach; stimulate digestion; and treat anemia

What’s more, chives also contain antioxidants that can help fight cancer. Per SFGATE: “Quercetin and vitamin K are two of several antioxidants found in chives. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, studies show quercetin and other flavonoids have properties that help protect against cancers in the breast, colon, prostate, ovaries, endometrium, and lungs. Chives also contain carotenes, zeaxanthin, and lutein, which help protect against lung and oral cancers.” 

Lastly, chives contain allicin, an organosulfur compound that is being studied for its ability to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Research suggests that allicin releases nitric oxide, reducing stiffness in the blood vessels and decreasing blood pressure.

Craving some chives? We figured you might be. Head to our Smoked Paprika Garlic Chili & Chives to get your fix today.