Latin Name: Allium schoenoprasum
Plant Family: Amaryllidaceae
Other Names: Rush Leeks, Petit Poureau, Ail Civitte, Cives, Civa, Ciboulette, Schnittlauch, Cipollina & Cebolletas.
Description: Chives are an herbaceous perennial herb native to Europe, North America and Asia which forms densely packed clumps of glaucous green, thin, hollow, tubular leaves; it reaches a height of 25-60cm. The 6-petaled star shaped flowers form globular clusters, which resemble spiky pom-poms which are pale to deep pink in colour. There are pink and white coloured forms as well as pale purple. Our dried chopped chives have a mild onion aroma and taste.
Interesting Fact: Did you know that chives are members of the same plant family as garlic, leeks and onions? They contain mild natural antibiotic, antiseptic and fungicidal properties and are full of vitamin C. Chive leaves of also have digestive properties and can be used to stimulate the appetite and aid digestion.
SUGGESTED USEChives have a mild onion like flavour and come high on the list of every cook’s list of essential store cupboard herbs, add to soups, sauces, stews and casseroles, they are lovely added to omelettes, scrambled egg and quiches, chives can also be added to homemade bread, savoury scones, biscuits and flans. Use as a garnish on all your savoury dishes and in places where you want a delicate onion flavour. An infusion of chive leaves can also be used as a natural fungicide spray in the garden to treat cases of mildew and scab.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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