Chives are a medicinal plant originally from Europe that is commonly used as a seasoning here in Brazil. Scientific name Allium fistulosum L. , chives is also known as chives and belongs to the Alliaceae family . Its parts used are the leaves, used thanks to the components that are basically vitamins A and C, saponins and essential oils.
The plant grows easily in well-draining soils, but it doesn’t resist soaking soils or even places where there is a lot of sun. They can, however, tolerate small frosts. The leaves can be harvested many times a year, being cut several times from a single foot as they grow again.
Chives are usually used from parsley, and are even sold together, making up the famous “green scent”. Its flavor is pleasant and similar to onion, but milder, and it can be easily grown at home.
The plant acts to reduce total cholesterol, as well as triglycerides. In animal studies, it could be observed that chives have an alcoholic extract that helps in reducing body fat. However, given this benefit, studies carried out in humans are still needed to prove this action.
In addition, the plant is popularly known as a home remedy for high blood pressure, poor digestion and the prevention of eye problems. It can also be used as a cell protector, antifungal and to help control cholesterol and triglycerides, in addition to preventing cataracts, obesity, candidiasis, intestinal gas and acting on healing.
It can also be used to combat premature skin aging, stimulate appetite, make skin more beautiful and strengthen bones and teeth. Another somewhat less common use is that of being used as a repellent and antibiotic, being excellent in the composition of natural medicines that prevent diseases and pests in other plants.
Contraindications and side effects
There are people who have an intolerance to spring onions, and they should not consume them. The plant is also contraindicated for cases of gastritis that are sensitive to lice. No side effects, drug interactions or toxicities were found.
form of consumption
Chives can be used as a seasoning in the preparation of various dishes such as soups, sauces, spreads, pasta, omelets, meat, fish, salads, stews and many other foods, or in the preparation of tea. When used in food preparation, it should only be added at the end in order to better preserve not only its flavor, but also its benefits.