It is a perennial onion-like plant whose pungent grass- like leaves are commonly used for flavouring salads, soups, cheese and omelettes, The chive, known technically as Allium schoenopram, belongs to the Amaryllis family (Amarylidaceae). It grows in thick tufts and produces small oval bulbs. Its small purplish flowers are borne in clusters but they produce few seeds. Consequently the plant is propagated by division of tufts. The chive is usually cultivated in Europe. In the United States, it is cultivated to a limited extent. It is not grown in India.
In commercial plantings, the chive is harvested divided into clumps which are placed in small clay pots and the old leaves are cut off. When new leaves form, the pots are crated and marketed. The consumer then grows the plant at home, cutting off leaves as needed. The chive is a rich source of vitamin C and minerals.
Benefit and uses of Chive.
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