Chive

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An herb characterized by its long green shoots that are used as a seasoning in food dishes to provide a flavor very similar to a very mild onion. Although dried chives are available, they are best as an ingredient when they are fresh. The shoots should be snipped with a scissors right before they will be used so that they retain their flavor and crispness. If cut prior to being prepared, store them in a refrigerator and prepare within a few days. Regular chives are also considered to be European chives, which provide a mild onion flavor to foods. Another common chive is the Garlic chive, which is also referred to as the Chinese chive. As can be assumed by the name, the Garlic chive provides a noticeable flavor of garlic.

Chives go well when paired with a variety of vegetables and potatoes. It can also be used nicely to flavor poultry, fish, sour cream toppings, sauces, cottage cheese, and herb butters. The flowers on the chives are also edible and may add color to your dish.

USDA Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tbsp chopped
Calories30
Protein3g
Total Fat0g
Total Carbohydrates4g
Dietary Fiber2g
Sugars1g
Potassium296mg
Sodium3mg
Cholesterol0mg
Serving Size1 tbsp
Calories311
Protein21g
Total Fat3g
Total Carbohydrates64g
Dietary Fiber26g
Potassium2960mg
Sodium70mg
Cholesterol0mg
Serving Size1 piece
Calories130
Protein2g
Total Fat7g
Total Carbohydrates16g
Potassium458mg
Sodium60mg
Cholesterol8mg

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