Chive Leaves and Flowers
Chives are a popular herb used in European cookery but there is also an Asian variety of Chive called Chinese Chives. They are the smallest and most delicate member of the onion family.
Most children can tolerate the taste of chives as they have a mild flavour similar to baby spring onions or young leeks.
They are a great herb as they can be used in many different dishes. Chives can be cut or snipped by children to use in things such as salad dressings, salads, herb butters, omelettes and potato dishes. Or they can simply add them to cheese on toast or in a cheese sandwich. They are useful because fresh chives can be added by children to any dish just before serving.
Chives are one of the richest sources of vitamin K and also contain other essential vitamins such as vitamin A and C so are beneficial for children to eat.
Quick and simple:
Try combining Cream Cheese and Chives to use as a spread on a base.
Or why not simply get your child to pull the purple flower heads apart and mix them into a soft cheese for a pretty and tasty spread?
Pitta bread is ideal as a base for the spread or choose your child’s favourite healthy bread. Fill with sliced vegetables such as carrots, peppers or cucumber for a healthy snack. Other bases could be jacket potatoes or slices of apple.
You can also use the flowers as a garnish or to add a delicate onion flavour and colour into dishes such as mashed potato. Sometimes adding the colour can help with fussy eaters.
Why chives are perfect:
- Perfect for little hands to pick and snip
- So easy for them to grow
- Entire plant is edible – making them safe
- Grow beautiful flowers – making them attractive
- Hardy and also grow back
- Require little maintenance – mainly watering which kids love to do
- Easy for kids to measure/observe their growth
- Fresh chives can be refrigerated for up to three days
- Perfect for child friendly recipes
- Children can add them to dishes just before serving
Child friendly recipes:
Check out other recipes on BBC Food – Chives