Small is beautiful! The most delicate and diminutive member of the edible onion family packs a mild yet tangy punch.

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

Chives have been a staple European herb ingredient since the Middle Ages. A surprisingly versatile member of the onion family, the fine, hollow leaves grow up to 12” tall, bearing a small perennial bulb that often grows in clumps.

Chives offer a subtle onion taste, combined with the unmistakable oniony aroma. The mild flavour is reminiscent of baby spring onions or young leeks and makes chives a great additional ingredient in a variety of dishes ranging from soups and salads, to omelettes and cheeses.

Top Tip!
Chefs looking to retain the delicate onion flavour and deep green colour tend to use chives raw – or added to a dish, just before serving.