Chives also known as Allium schoenoprasum belongs to the family of Allium genus. This family are flowering family of plants such as garlic shallots, leeks, and scallion. The lower stalks and bulbs of chives have a mild, clean, oniony flavor that is often used to garnish foods especially baked potatoes or deviled eggs. In this article, I will showing you health benefits of chives and how to prepare chives
Health Benefits of Chives
This herb are most often used to flavor food but more benefits can be gotten when you use the grassy plant medicinally.
Many people use chives as one of the natural medicine used in treating parasitic worms which are disease causing worms that live and feed on a human. Medical researchers have studied the role of many different natural products to treat neglected parasites, including lemongrass and chives.
Some people also use chives to reduce water weight, although there is none or little evidence to support these health benefits.
Nutritional benefits of chives
1. 1 tbs of fresh chive provides less than 3 calories according to USDA data.
2. Some Minerals in chives include calcium (3 mg), phosphorus (1.7 mg), and potassium (8.9 mg).
3. Chives contains vitamin A (3% of your recommended daily intake), vitamin C (3%), vitamin K (8%), and folate (1%).
Please note that using chive flavored oil provides more calories because it is usually a combination of a cooking oil and fresh chive extract.
How to Prepare chives and storage
When buy chives, select the full stalks that are freshly green and evenly colored.
2. Don’t cut the chives until you are ready to use them. You can wrap them in a paper towel and refrigerate until you need them in a recipe.
3. When you want to use chives, slice them into quarter inch sections.
Dried chives last longer.
Chives best complemented with cream cheese, eggs, green salads, mayonnaise salads and as a garnish.
Possible Side Effects of chives
Some sources have reported that one may experience indigestion when they eat too much of chives.
Also, those allergic to onions or garlic may experience a reaction when consuming chives.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I refrigerate chives?
Yes you can but the texture may change. Chop chives and place them into the sections of an ice cube tray, then fill it with water and allow to freeze. Another way is to place the chives in a baggie and remove extra air from so that it is vacuum sealed.
What recipes can I use in replace of chives?
You can use garlic, shallots, leeks, or scallion recipes in place of chives but when you are using chives as a garnish, substitute parsley or cilantro.