Greek Chives: Cooking and Medicinal Info

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Chives, known as σχοινόπρασο (skinopraso) in Greek, is an herb that is commonly used in Greek cooking, especially as a garnish. This herb is easy to grow and is therefore commonly found in Greek households and does well both indoors and out. Besides having multiple uses for culinary purposes, there is also a medicinal tradition associated with it. The Latin name of this plant is Allium schoenoprasum and this is the varietal that is most commonly found throughout the world, including Greece.

Where are Chives from in Greece?

Chives are commonly found all over Greece, especially in gardens. It also grows wild throughout the country, particular in fields and on the edges of forests. Once the herb goes to seed, it starts to spread rapidly. Many of the wild plants that are found came from seeds that originated from gardens. It also grows very well indoors and can be found in small pots, usually on windowsills.

How Do Chives Taste?

Chives are part of the onion family, and the flavor of chives is reminiscent of onions. Although onions can be pungent at times, chives maintains a sweet, almost green flavor. This means that chives are also related to leeks and garlic. Although each of these has a distinct flavor, they do all have similarities to one another. The onion flavor for chives is delicate and even slightly sweet. This is something that makes chives an ideal choice for using as a garnish.

What Greek Recipes Use Chives?

Fava Croquettes | Villager’s Omelet | Vegetables with Rice | Potato Salad | Rhodes-Style Quiche | Greek-Style Chicken | Greek-Style Mussels | Fasolada | Peas and Artichokes | Greek Shrimp Pie | Sesame Soup | Pasta with Capers |

What are the Herbal Remedies for Greek Chives?

Chives are also used in traditional medicine, particularly for stomach complaints and to benefit the digestive system. It is also used to aid the circulatory system and also to give the body a general nutrition boost. Before using chives as an herbal remedy, you will want to consult with your doctor or other medical professional.

Interesting Facts About Chives

Chives are widely found through North America, Europe, and Asia. It is believed that it actually native to all three places. Typically, when a plant is found in all of these places, there is evidence that people brought them over from other lands. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case with chives. Although the green herb is used in cooking, the flowers have value as being great for pollination, as it is rich with nectar.

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Wikipedia – Chives

Many Greek recipes are different based on the region of Greece and family traditions, so uses of the herbs and spices contained on this page may vary. Also, GreekBoston.com does not provide medical advice and the information provided here is for informational purposes only. This isn’t a medical site, please consult with your physician. The medicinal health information is based on anecdotal evidence and Greek history.

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