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8 Household Uses for Chives

Use healthy, multipurpose chives to make compound herb butter, herbal bouquets and more.

| March/April 2017

  • Blooming Chives
    Chives and chive blossoms are high in several nutrients.
    Photo by iStock
  • Chopping Chives
    Chives are at their most nutritious when consumed raw. Add fresh chopped chives to salad or other dishes.
    Photo by iStock
  • Herb Butter
    Try combining chives, blue cheese and butter for a delicious flavorful spread.
    Photo by iStock

  • Blooming Chives
  • Chopping Chives
  • Herb Butter
Bright, flavorful chives are a welcome sight in spring. But the usefulness of this plant goes further than its highly prized role in the kitchen. Here are a few of the ways chives can be of use around the home, from the kitchen to the garden, and health to home décor. 

1. Multipurpose Health Booster

Chives and chive flowers are high in vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, calcium and iron. Their benefits include improving digestion and metabolism, immune support and even lowering cholesterol levels. Chives provide their best benefits when eaten raw. Add fresh, uncooked chives to salads, or include them as a garnish in other dishes for maximum effectiveness. 

2. Super Salads

Chive blossoms make lovely additions to salads, whether the blossoms are in the salad itself (they have a subtle onion flavor), or are used to make a homemade flavored vinegar for dressings. Visit our Herbal Living site for a recipe.

3. Flavored Butter

Combine minced fresh chives, gorgonzola dolce cheese and unsalted butter to create a delicious compound spread. Blend 4 ounces gorgonzola dolce, 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives, 1⁄8 teaspoon kosher salt and 1 stick of softened unsalted butter in a medium-size bowl. Form the mixture into a log and refrigerate until firm. Use this compound butter to accompany grilled meats, such as steak or hamburgers, or use it as a sauce for gnocchi. 

4. Herbal Bouquet

European brides in the Middle Ages carried pungent herbs such as garlic and chives in their bouquets to prevent jealous spirits from disrupting their happiness. Whether you use them in bridal bouquets or around the house, purple or pink chive blossoms make a unique addition to floral décor. Combine them with other garden blossoms and herbs for a fragrant and attractive seasonal arrangement.

5. Cooperative Companion

Chives are helpful as companion plants for tomatoes, carrots, apple trees and roses. At first growth, the plants will repel aphids from tomatoes, mums and sunflowers. After about three years of growth, they’ve been known to prevent apple scab and rose black spot. 

6. Chives for Baking

Try chives in your biscuit batter for a baked good that’s bursting with flavor. Get the recipe here.

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