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Allium schoenoprasum



Background for Chives

Chives are a related to both the onion and garlic family, and is one of the oldest known edible onions. It grows wild in Europe, Asia and America.

Use for Chives

Snip the leaves through the year and use on egg and cheese dishes. Excellent in a salad and especially a potato salad. Is known to have Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Potassium, Vitamins - A, Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin, Vit C. The whole plant is believed to have a beneficial effect on the digestive system and circulation. Like all Alliums can be helpful in lowering blood pressure. Chives have been used for centuries in Chinese medicine. The juice of the plant can be used as an insect repellent and mixed with an organic garden spray to reduce insects on other plants

Growing Chives

With its clumps of thin hollow spear like leaves it makes a lovely border plant. It has the added benefits of keeping some of the harmful insects at bay as well, when used as a border, giving plenty to snip for the kitchen. It divided easily so can be spread and gaps filled in. A perennial, it only grows to about 10cm and has a profusion of mauve pompom flowers throughout the summer. Garlic chives differ, having a flatter leaf.

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


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