Chopped chives can be added to salads or to cooked dishes right before serving and whole chives make a lovely garnish. Buy online at BuyFruit.com.au.
Chives are the smallest member of the onion family, and the only one that does not develop a bulb. Instead, the subtle onion flavour is in the leaves of the plant. The long leaves are hollow inside and have a faint onion smell and fresh onion taste that is best when the chives are raw or only slightly wilted. Chopped chives can be added to salads or to cooked dishes right before serving and whole chives make a lovely garnish.
Choose chives that are fresh-looking and have a mild onion scent. Avoid those that are wilted, discoloured or dry. Wrap chives in a damp paper towel and put them in a plastic bag. Chives will remain fresh in the crisper section of the fridge for three to four days.
Did you know? Marco Polo introduced chives to Europe upon his return from a voyage to China, and the Europeans loved them. They would hang bunches of chives around the house, believing that the magic of the plant would protect the members of the house from bad spirits and sickness.