Family Name: Liliaceae
Botanical Name(s): Allium Schoenoprasum
Popular Name(s): Chives, Chinese Chives, Garlic Chives and
Parts Used: Herb
Habitat: It is found all over Europe and also in North America.
Description: It grows to a height of 8 to 12 inches from a
small, elongated, bulbous root. The leaves are hollow, cylindrical,
closed at the top and dilated to surround the stem at the bottom. The
otherwise naked stem bears a terminal globose cluster of reddish-blue or
purple flowers in June and July. The fruit is a three-sided black seed.
Uses: It is a great improvement to salads - cut fresh and
chopped fine-and may be put not only into green salads, but also into
cucumber salad, or sprinkled on sliced tomatoes. Chives are also useful
for cutting up and mixing with the food of newly hatched turkeys.