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.
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.