Chives, Wild Chives - Allium schoenoprasum
Its Origin and a Brief Journey into History
Wild-growing chives have their origins in ancient times. During that period, people used it not only as a spice but also as a medicinal herb. This spice is rich in Vitamin C. Additionally, it contains carotene, essential oils, Vitamin B2, and minerals.
This culinary herb originates from the northern hemisphere and is found in sandy-moist areas, in the mountains, as well as in river valleys.
What Does the Chive Plant Look Like?
The chive plant belongs to the Lily family, Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllidaceae) with the subfamily Allioideae of the genus Allium.
It is a perennial herbaceous plant with a height of 15 to 20 cm. Its tubular leaves are hollow, and the umbels consist of many small dark pink to white flowers.
How Does Chive Taste?
Chives have a leek-like fragrance. Its taste is sharp, spicy, and onion-like.
Culinary Uses of Chives
Chives are widely used and popular in many European kitchens. They find various uses in the kitchen, such as in the preparation of salads, Frankfurt and Kassel Green Sauce, soups, egg dishes, mayonnaise, and marinades. This spice is particularly excellent for preparing chive bread.
Chives are part of the "fines herbes," well-known in French cuisine.
With Which Culinary Herbs and Spices Can I Combine Chives?
Chives are a great partner for other mild herbs. They harmonize with Basil, Tarragon, Fennel, Chervil, Coriander Leaves, Sweet Paprika Powder, Hot Paprika Powder, Sweet-Mild Pimenton, Smoked Paprika Powder Hot, Onion Spice, and Garlic Powder.
Chives should not be cooked with, as cooking destroys the flavor. Furthermore, heat reduces the high Vitamin C content of the spice.
The Jacob's onion, as chives are also called, is believed to have appetizing and digestive effects.
Storage of Herbs and Spices
Please store your herbs and spices in airtight containers, in a dark, dry, and cool place.
Buy chives in the Spice Shop at Orlandosidee.