Chives are the bright green, long, hollow, thin leaves of Allium schoenoprasum, an onion-like member of the lily family
Traditional Ethnic Uses
Chives are one of the herbs used in fines herbes, a traditional French herb blend. They also are great as a garnish.
Taste and Aroma Description
Chives have a mild, onion-like flavor, with a hint of garlic.
History/Region of Origin
Chives grow wild in both the Old and the New World. They have probably been used since ancient times, but they have only been cultivated since the Middle Ages.
Store in cool, dark, dry places.
A Few Ideas to Get You Started
Chives make an attractive garnish for many savory foods. With a delicate onion flavor, Chives won't overpower the flavor of fish. Add Chives at the last moment to hot foods, since heat lessens their flavor.