Storage Tips: Chives are best when stored wrapped in dampened paper towels and placed in an open plastic bag or container in the refrigerator.
Fresh Chives can also be chopped and frozen, which helps maintain their flavor better than drying.
Usage Ideas: Fresh Chives can be used in place of onions, scallions, etc. for a milder onion flavor.
They are great sprinkled on salads, soups, and side dishes like pasta and potatoes. Try tossing halved fingerling potatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper, chopped chives, and parmesan cheese. Place in a baking dish and cook in a 350 oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and fork tender.
Chives can also be added to your favorite pesto recipe to brighten up the flavor of the other herbs.
Fun Facts: Chives are a member of the Allium family and closely related to onions, scallions, leeks, and garlic (1)
The strong odor of fresh Chives is due to the sulfur compounds alliums contain (8)
Chives prefer cooler climates, so they grow well during the winter. While they were originally cultivated in Northern Europe and Asia, they are now grown all over the world, and wild Chives have become abundant in the cooler regions of the United States (5)
Studies have shown that a diet high in alliums can actually reduce the risk for certain types of cancers (8)