Chives

What is it?

A perennial plant, it is widespread in nature across much of Europe, Asia, and North America

Flavour profile

Delicate mild onion flavor that can vary from nutty, mild sweet flavor to very pungent.

What does it pair well with?

Thick soups, quiches, veggie dips, tzatziki dips, omelets, salmon or trout, fresh cheese.

Nutritional facts

Chives are said to be rich in calcium, phosphorous, sulphur, folic acid and vitamin A, C, and K.

Ratio for converting fresh herbs to dried herbs

1 tbsp of finely chopped = 1 tsp of freeze-dried

How to store

Store the bundle in an airtight container or resealable bag in your crisper drawer

History

Have been around for approximately 5,000 years, but they were not actively cultivated as food until the Middle Ages. Over a century ago, chives were used by Gypsies in fortune telling. Medieval gardeners often used chives around their borders for both decoration and to ward off insects. At that time it was also thought that hanging bunches of chives around the house would ward off evil.

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