Dried Chives (pronounced "CHYVZ"), Allium schoenoprasum, are also called dry chives, chives dried or air dried chives.
There is a very small amount of volatile oils in Dried Chives, hovering around .03% by weight.
Chives are a very lightweight herb and there are approximately 19 cups of chives per lb. so you should consider this when ordering.
What are Dried Chives
Chives provide an easy and colorful way to add a light onion touch to a large variety of dishes. Chives may be used as a substitute in any recipe that calls for chopped green onions and will produce a somewhat milder flavor.
Air-drying allows the fragile, hollow chive blades to retain their color, texture and freshness, so our Dried Chives are a shelf-stable way to enjoy their delicate flavor. We like chives because they seamlessly blend with practically any dish and their bright green color adds to the visual presentation.
History of Chives
Chives are indigenous to Southeastern Europe, an area that includes modern day Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia and Serbia. Over the centuries, Chives have become naturalized throughout most of Europe and can be found as far north as Britain and as far east as Japan. Chives have been cultivated since the Middle Ages (from the 5th through the 15th centuries) but there is written history of their usage dating back almost 5000 years. As with many spices, chives has several colorful legends. It is said that Romanian Gypsies used chives in fortune telling and it was believed that dried chive bunches that were hung outside of a house would ward off evil and disease.
Chives grow best in areas with cool spring weather and where summers don’t get too hot. Chives are a hardy, drought-tolerant herb that grow in clusters from underground bulbs. Their green, blade-like leaves are hollow and grow straight upward to point. Chives can reach a height of 12-20 inches tall.
Chives grown commercially are typically destined for food products (i.e. chive-flavored chips or sour cream). Chives are commercially produced in China, India and Egypt.
Where are Our Chives From
What do Dried Chives Taste Like
Brings the essence of mellow onion to a dish, both in flavor and aroma.
Are Dried Chives as Good as Fresh
Most people prefer the flavor of fresh chives over dried (just as we do with almost all fresh herbs), but they can certainly do in a pinch. Keeping some dried chives in your spice cabinet makes this a handy item in any well stocked kitchen.
How do You Use Dried Chives
Dried Chives are an easy and colorful way to add a light onion touch to a large variety of dishes. Because they are so thin and delicate, they should only be added at the end of cooking. Even the smallest amount of moisture rehydrates Dried Chives and the flavor blends seamlessly with creamy dishes. Add to your avocados, sour cream, cheese, cottage cheese, stir fries, egg or potato dishes, vinegars, salads, cream cheese, herb butters, cream and tomato sauces and soups – especially vichyssoise but also any creamy, cold, or vegetable soup. Of course they're always great on potatoes.
Chives are work well in combination with basil, chervil, cilantro, fennel, paprika, parsley and tarragon.
Dried Chives Substitution
To substitute Dried Chives for fresh, 1 Tablespoon fresh equals 1 teaspoon dried. If your recipe calls for fresh chive blades, 10 chive blades equals approximately 1 teaspoon of Dried Chives.
|Also Called||Dry chives, chives dried or air dried chives|
|Recommended Uses||Add to avocados, sour cream, cheese, cottage cheese, stir fries, egg or potato dishes, vinegars, salads, cream cheese, herb butters, cream sauces and soups|
|Flavor Profile||Brings the essence of mellow onion to a dish, both in flavor and aroma|
|Botanical Name||Allium schoenoprasum|
|Cuisine||Cajun, Creole and Mediterranean|
|How To Store||Airtight container in a cool, dark place|
|Shelf Life||6-12 Months|
|Country of Origin||China|
|Dietary Preferences||Gluten Free, Kosher, Non-GMO|
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