The mild flavor of chive that resembles onion is the reason why this is the best garnish for many dishes; it adds just enough to complete the taste and does not overpower the key flavor signature of the food. The flavor of chive is the reason why chives are best as a garnish for soups and dips. Drizzle your baked potatoes with chives, and you are good to go! Sprinkle chives on omelets and seafood dishes to make the dish tastier. Even a novice cook can’t go wrong with using chives.
Humans have used chives for food and other purposes since 3000 BC in Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America. Ancient Romans fed wrestlers, racehorses, and workers with chives because they believe chives are a source of physical strength.
Species: A. schoenoprasum
Binomial Name: Allium schoenoprasum
- Romans used chives for their sunburnt skin or sore throats.
- Chives is a natural insect repellent. Plant this in your garden to help control pests.
- Chives provide pollinators with nectar. In the UK, chives are among the top 10 for most nectar produced.
- Chives is a popular plant grown in hydroponic systems.
- 19th-century Dutch farmers fed their cattle with chives, thinking this will change the taste of the milk.
- Fortune-tellers use chives to see the future.
- Dried chives protect the house from evil spirits and disease.