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Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

Chives - Herb

  • Space plants: 5 cm apart
  • Harvest in 7-11 weeks
  • Compatible with Carrots, Tomatoes, Parsley, Apples
  • Grass-like leaves in clumps. Likes full sun but not too dry
  • Chives are a perennial but die down in winter. You can dig up a small clump to pot up for indoor use in winter
  • Remove flowers to encourage a continuous supply of leaves
  • You may begin harvesting chives when the blades grow to be at least 6 inches tall. Be sure to leave at least two inches of the plant intact; the blades will rapidly grow longer again

Nutritional benefits

Chives are a green vegetable with a mild onion-like flavor. They are in the Allium genus, which also includes garlic, onions, and leeks. People have cultivated allium vegetables for centuries for their characteristic pungent flavors in cooking and their medicinal properties. They contain nutrients that are important for sleep and bone health. Some research has also linked the chemicals in chives and other allium vegetables with anticancer effects.

1 tbsp of chopped chives provides the following nutrients:

  • Energy: 0.9 calories
  • Vitamin K: 6.38 micrograms (mcg), or 5% of the Daily Value (DV)
  • Vitamin C: 1.74 milligrams (mg), or 2% of the DV
  • Folate: 3.15 mcg, or 1% of the DV
  • Vitamin A: 6.43 mcg, or 1% of the DV
  • Calcium: 2.76 mg, or less than 1% of the DV
  • Potassium: 8.88 mg, or less than 1% of the DV

Potential health and medicinal benefits

Chives contain a small amount of choline. Choline is an important nutrient that helps maintain the structure of cellular membranes. Choline also helps with mood, memory, muscle control, and other brain and nervous system functions. The adequate intake (AI) of choline is 550 mg per day for adult males and 425 mg per day for adult females.Chives contain a small amount of choline: 0.16 mg per tbsp. A person would need to eat a high quantity of chives and other foods that contain choline to get the recommended AI.

Research has also linked chives and other allium vegetables with the following benefits for health:

Chives contain vitamin K, which is important for bone health and blood clotting. Other sources of vitamin K include leafy green vegetables, vegetable oils, and fruits including blueberries and figs.

Chives also contain folate. According to the ODS, this water-soluble B vitamin plays a role in conditions such as:

Chives also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which are carotenoids. According to some research, lutein and zeaxanthin accumulate in the retina of the eye to help prevent age-related macular degeneration. This means that eating foods rich in these substances could benefit eyesight.Some studies into allium vegetables and their organic compounds, such as allicin, suggest a positive relationship with certain health conditions.For example, one study indicated a potentially positive relationship between garlic and health conditions such as heart disease and high blood sugar. Garlic may also have antitumor and antimicrobial effects.However, the study was not clear about which compounds are responsible for these effects. Researchers will therefore need to perform additional studies to determine the effectiveness and safety of garlic and other allium vegetables for preventing certain health conditions.Though no research has connected chives with inflammation, one 2015 study reported that garlic may reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation is linked with various health conditions, including heart disease and several cancers.

If you are going to use Beetroot leaves to treat an existing health condition please consult with your healthcare provider first.