Chives: Properties and Benefits

The chives, Allium schoenoprasum scientific name, is an aromatic plant spontaneous and perennial belonging to the Liliaceae family; the plant is native to the cold regions and can reach a height of half a meter.

Due to its aromatic properties, chives is very common in gardens; the flavor of chives is very delicate and tends to fade very quickly. For this reason chives should be used fresh and cut at the time, also for this reason it is customary for some chefs to keep a chives  plant in the kitchen so you can use it if necessary without its aromatic properties deteriorate.

Chives can be used for the creation of all those recipes that require the use of raw onion if you prefer a milder taste but still tasty.
Chives: Properties and benefits
Chives are composed for the 90,6 % of water, the remaining percentage is split between protein, fiber, sugars, ash, carbohydrates and fats.

The mineral content in chives are: potassium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper and manganese.
The chives contains some B vitamins, vitamin C, K, J, and a fair amount of amino acids: proline, serine, tyrosine, methionine, threonine, glycine, phenylalanine, arginine, alanine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, histidine ( tracks), tryptophan and valine.

Benefits and Curative Properties of Chives

Chives has good diuretic and purifying properties, in herbal chives is used as a healing and as antiscorbutic.
If taken in the form of infusion chives has laxative properties and is therefore a valuable aid in cases of constipation.

The chives, thanks to its cardio-tonic and stimulating blood circulation, it can be beneficial to the heart; the quercetin contained in the leaves has antioxidant properties and appears to be beneficial in the case of high blood pressure.

Chives also has antiseptic, anti callus and worming properties; can be used to combat flu, or to stimulate the appetite.

With the leaves of chives you can prepare poultices to cure pimples, sunburn and insect bites. Chives, finally, have also been attributed bactericidal, vasodilatory, digestive and emollients properties.
Chives Curiosity
If taken in moderation chives has no contraindications.

In ancient Rome chives was considered (due to its vasodilatory properties), a potent aphrodisiac; chives was also thought to be able to regrow hair.

In the German tradition chives were attributed magical properties, in fact, it was believed that rubbing with its leaves move away the evil eye.

In Friuli Venezia Giulia chives is considered a protected plant and its harvest is regulated by a regional law.

Thanks to its attractive appearance, the chives in the kitchen is often used to decorate the dishes and, in some cases, even to tie the rolls instead of the common kitchen twine.

Chives are native to Asia, where more than 5000 years, is used for food for his good aromatic properties. In Europe, however, there were reports of this plant to no more than 500 years now.

The flowers of chives, although they are less aromatic properties than the leaves, can be used in salads for flavor and decorate at the same time.
Chives: Harvest and Storage
You can also use the flowers of chives, in addition to the leaves, for food. The leaves are cut at the base, at any time of the year when they are fully developed; in this way will grow back quickly and, on average, you can cut up it four times per season. If not interested in the flowers it is advisable to continue to cut it, in this way you will avoid the flowering that takes nourishment and energy to the leaves.

It is always advisable to consume the leaves fresh of chives; if you want to preserve should be better freeze it in special bags for the freezer. Drying is not recommended because it would lose aromatic and organoleptic properties.
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Chives does not have many calories: every 100 grams of chives you have 30 kcal.
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