Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) , also known as Cepa schoenoprasa Allium acutum, is scientifically classified as Kingdom: Plantae Clade: Angiosperms Clade: Monocots Order: Asparagales Family: Amaryllidaceae Subfamily: Allioideae Genus: Allium Species: A. schoenoprasum.

Chives is the common name of Allium schoenoprasum, an edible species of the Allium genus. Its close relatives include the garlic, shallot, leek, scallion, and Chinese onion. Chives are an attractive garnish for green salads, taste great when sprinkled on grilled fish or baked potatoes, and add dimension to creamy potato soup.

Health Benefits

As far as daily recommended values, a generous serving of two tablespoons of chopped chives gives you 16 percent of what's needed in vitamin K, Known primarily for forming and strengthening bones and limiting neuronal damage in the brain, vitamin K is used in the treatment of Alzheimer's. Chives are an excellent source of vitamin A �145 percent of the daily recommended value per 100 grams � more than any other allium, and with it, carotenes, which are flavonoid antioxidants like zeaxanthin and lutein that protect you from lung and mouth cancers.

Nutrient Facts

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy   126kj
Dietary fiber   2.5g
Carbohydrates   4.35g
Sugars   1.85g
Fat   0.73g
Protein   3.27g
Calcium 9% 92mg
Copper 0%  0mg
Iron 12% 1.6mg
Magnesium 12% 42mg
Manganese 18% 0.373mg
Phosphorus 8% 58mg
Potassium 6% 296mg
Sodium 0%  0mg
Zinc 6%  0.56mg
Vitamin A IU % 0mg
Vitamin A equivalent 27% 218mg
Beta-Carotene 24% 2612mg
B1 - Thiamine 7% 0.078mg
B2 - Riboflavin 10% 0.115mg
B3 - Niacin 4% 0.647mg
B5 - Pantothenic acid 6% 0.324mg
B6 - Vitamin 11% 0.138mg
B9 - Folate 26% 105mg
Vitamin C 70% 58.1mg
Vitamin E 1% 0.21mg
Vitamin K 203% 212.7mg
Choline 0% 0mg
Betaine   0mg
Other constituents    
Water   0
Fluoride   0

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