Allium schoenoprasumL.Cipollina (Chives): from the latin tardo cepūlla(m), diminutive of cepa, origin unknown.
The latin Allium, according to some authors, derives from Celtic, meaning sharp and pungent, clearly referring to its flavor.
Culinary useThe fresh needle-shaped leaves grow back after being cut. Generally, they are ground up and are used, like garlic and onion, to impart a flavor (albeit a milder one) to salads, soft cheeses, butter, sandwiches and other dishes.
Medicinal propertiesThroughout the centuries, folk medicine has ascribed to Chives (like some of the other of the over 300 species numbered among the Allium genus) the following properties: antiscorbutic, cough soothing and expectorant, anti-corn, cardio tonic and stimulant, cicatrizing, digestive, diuretic, laxative and carminative, emollient and revulsive.
CharacteristicsIt is an easy plant to grow. A rustic plant, it can remain in the ground for many years and it has no special requirements. It needs only normal, well-drained garden earth and a little bit of water.
Prefers full sun
It can withstand the cold
Prefers moderate humidity