How To Grow Chives And Their Benefits

Chives are easy to grow and maintain. Chives are grown for their long green pungent, mild flavoured leaves. In the kitchen, chives are commonly used with salads, potatoes, omelets, and many meats. In this article, we will share how to grow chives, the nutrients, and health benefits that can be gained from eating them.

There are hundreds of species in the genus Allium. Chives are a herb part of the Allium family, the same as onions and garlic. There many chives varieties, different lengths, thickness, some more pungent than others, etc. here are some recommend varieties you should consider: ‘medium leaf’, ‘Staro’, ‘Fine Leaf’, and ‘Forecast’.

How To Grow Chives

Sow chives seeds outdoors in early spring, or indoors from winter till summer. grow chives in containers/pots or in your garden in full sun, although they will tolerate partial shade. Sow around 1cm deep, 8 inches apart in moisture-retentive, well-drained soil rich in organic matter such as compost, or manure. Water and leave in a warm place to germinate.

To maintain chives, water regularly, especially during dry spells. When plants have filled the container/pot transplant into a slightly larger container/pot or dig a hole big enough for the roots and fill with lots of well-drained manure.

Nutrients And Health Benefits

Chives are packed with many beneficial nutrients such a vitamins K, C, A, and B-9, calcium, potassium. In addition, chives may reduce the risk of many types of cancer, may help control moods, and improve memory. Chives also support eye health and may reduce inflammation in your body.

Chives are easy to add to your diet, simply cut up chives and sprinkle over potatoes, salads as a garnish. Mix chopped up chives with sour cream to make a nice sauce, add to dressings, mashed potatoes. Add chives to sandwiches, casseroles, wraps, chicken, turkey, other poultry, pasta, rice, etc.