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Are chives healthy?

Chives are a nutrient-dense food. This means that they are low in calories but high in beneficial nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. That said, to get a significant amount of these nutrients, a person would have to eat a large quantity of chives. Instead, people often use chives as a garnish.

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Accordingly, can you eat the whole chive?

The entire chive plant is edible – the clustered pompoms can be picked apart into their individual flowerets and scattered in salads. The primary edible part of the chives, though, are the long stalks, which are great snipped into salads and other dishes. They shouldn't be cooked; they're too delicate for that.

Similarly, are chives easy to digest? Or cook them, which can make them easier to digest. Alternatives include cucumbers, lettuce, sweet potatoes, zucchini and spinach. Cooking garlic can reduce these effects. Or, flavor food with other spices and herbs like parsley, chives, thyme or basil.

what can I do with too many chives?

  1. Toss with salads –Mark Bittman suggests using copious amounts in a chive salad, with soy sauce and toasted sesame oil.
  2. Chive pesto – make this pesto from Mariquita Farm and store it for later use to bump up flavors in pastas or frittatas.

How do I use fresh chives?

Chives are typically chopped and can be used as a garnish, although they do have a mild oniony flavor, especially fresh ones. Chives can be featured in all sorts of recipes, from baked potatoes to soups, salads, sauces, and omelets. They're frequently mixed with cream cheese to make a savory spread.

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