Chives: properties, nutritional values, calories

The chives it is a very useful vegetable for kidney and heart health and is also used against constipation. Let's find out better.

> 1. Description of the plant 

>  2. Properties and benefits of chives 

> 3. Calories and nutritional values chives 

> 4. Ally of

> 5. Curiosity aboutThe chives 

> 6. A recipe with chives

Chives: properties, nutritional values, calories


Description of the plant 

THEchive (Allium schoenoprasum L.) is a perennial plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family. Small in size, it is very common in home gardens, but it is also present spontaneously.

It is a rustic bulb plant and it doesn't need a lot of care. It grows well in calcareous, rich and humid soils. It can also be grown on the balcony, in a pot. Potted chive plants can also overwinter indoors; the important thing is to keep them on a bright windowsill and water them regularly.

The fragrant and crunchy leaves of the chives are used, which can be harvested all year round by cutting them off at the base; they are eaten fresh, but they can also be frozen; the important thing is not to dry them, as they would lose all their nutritional properties, as well as their flavor. 


Properties and benefits of chives

THEchive stimulates the appetite and the production of gastric juices. They are attributed to her purifying and antiseptic properties. It is considered a true cure-all for the heart and, thanks to its cardiotonic and blood circulation stimulating qualities, it has acquired a reputation for aphrodisiac plant.

In ancient Rome, where it was widely used, it was also considered a remedy against baldness.

It contains a good share of vitamins and minerals, above all Vitamin C, phosphorus and potassium; 100 grams of chives are able to satisfy the daily requirement of vitamin C.

The essential oils contained in this plant have expectorant properties. Finally, the chives helps fight constipation thanks to its laxative properties, especially if taken in the form of an infusion.


Calories and nutritional values chives

100 g of chives contain 30 kcal.
Furthermore, for 100 g of product we have:

  • Lipids 0,7 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 3 mg
  • Potassium 296 mg
  • Glucid 4,4 g
  • Dietary fiber 2,5 g
  • Sugar 1,9 g
  • 3,3 g protein
  • Vitamin A 4.353 IU
  • Vitamin C 58,1 mg
  • Calcium 92 mg  
  • Iron 1,6 mg
  • Magnesium 42 mg 


Chives, ally of

Heart, stomach.


Curiosities about chives 

  • Chives can also be consumed fiori, which have a similar flavor to that of onion and can enrich a mixed salad, also giving a decorative touch.
  • The leaves can be used in the sauté instead of the onion and are much more digestible.
  • The Celts considered chives useful to dissolve the negative spells. A legacy of this belief has remained in the German popular tradition: in Germany, in fact, chives are rubbed on oneself to defend oneself from the spells of the Black Forest gnomes.


A recipe up your sleeve

Chives have been known as an aromatic plant since ancient Greece. Today it is used to flavor very different dishes; from cheeses to eggs, from meats to fish, from sauces to soups. It is also excellent raw in salads.
When used on hot foods, it must always be added at the last moment, so as not to make them lose their crunchiness and nutritional qualities. Try using it to tie little ones eggplant bundles.

Here is the recipe: grill two large aubergines, season them, only on one side, with salt, oregano, parmesan and breadcrumbs. Roll up the aubergines and tie them with some chive stalks. You will get a fun side dish or a small appetizer.


Also check out the flower salad of chives, potatoes and hard-boiled eggs



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