(Allium schoenoprasum)

  • Chives are… best known as a highly fragrant herb, with a sweet, but savory aroma, that enhances many different types of foods. While the herb already had established itself as a favorite in tomato dishes, its popularity rose even more since pesto.Today, it is one of the most recognized herbs.
  • However, besides being a culinary herb, chives are… also a healing herb.
  • Chives… does not only help with digestion but also with calming the nerves and easing tension in the neck and back.


Scientific Name:

Allium schoenoprasum

Plant Family:

Amaryllidaceae—amaryllis family

Subfamily: Allioideae
Genus: Allium

Common Names:

Chinese Chives*

German Name:


Name Origin:

The name of the species comes from two Greek terms—( σχοίνος), skhoínos (meaning sedge or rush) and (πράσον), práson (meaning leek). Its English name, chives, comes from the French word cive, from cepa, which comes from the Latin word for onion.

Parts Used:

Leaves, flowering tops


Antioxidant, antiseptic, diuretic, and stimulant


Iron, folates, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K

How To Use Basil:

History, Folklore and Traditions

Plant Description:

Image Attributes
Works Sited

Culpeper, Nicholas.(1653) Culpeper’s Complete Herbal. Foulsham

Kains, M.G.(1912) Culinary Herbs: Their Cultivation, Harvesting, Curing and Uses. London:
Kegan Paul, Trench. Trubner & Co. Limited


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