Chives are rich in vitamins A, C and K and contain flavonoid antioxidants. They are purported help prevent cancer and Alzheimer's disease. Go to the following website for more nutritional information: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/chives.html .
I like to add chives to salads and soups or, my favorite, make it into chive oil. As an oil, chives can infuse almost anything with an earthy, mild onion flavor. To make a quick and delicious meal, toss it with pasta and anything else your pantry might have kicking around like chopped sun-dried tomatoes, toasted walnuts and olives. Drizzle on pizza, soup or a baked potato.
1 cup chopped chives
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until it becomes smooth and creamy. The chive oil will easily keep in a clean glass container in your fridge for a week.
French sorrel is a less known spring perennial. It grows as a clump, 12 to 18 inches tall. If you are vigilant about dead-heading the flower stalks, it will produce liberally all summer. It requires full sun. Clumps are easily divided, and if you do not have a friend who is willing to share, many local nurseries carry this plant in their herb sections. You eat the leaves.
This obscure plant has a distinguished history dating back to antiquity. It was regularly featured in early Egyptian and later Roman cuisine. It got its name from ...France, where it has been part of that country's cooking palette since french culinary practices have been documented.
French sorrel has a sharp and lemony flavor....sour really. It is lovely to throw into salads and soups. I like to make a sorrel sauce for fish or shell fish with it.
Sorrel Cream Sauce
First you saute 1/4 cup of chopped shallots in 4 tbsp. of butter. Add a half cup of white wine and reduce to 1/4 of liquid in the pan. Add about 1 1/2 cups of chopped sorrel leaves. (They will wilt and become a darker green.) Blend this concoction in a blender and return to the pan. Add 1 cup of heavy cream and salt and pepper to taste. This can be drizzled over fish or pasta. It is decadent, but worth the calories in my book.
What are the Health benefits of French sorrel? According to the website www.innovatus.com, sorrel can perform the following:
- Sorrel leaves contain nutraceleuticals which helps to prevent numerous diseases like cancer,diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.
- Raw Sorrel leaves cure hemorrhages, gonorrhea, urinary infections and scurvy.
- Sorrel leaves are rich in antioxidants and help to fight premature aging.
- Dried Sorrel leaves are used for the treatment of seasonal fever, itchy skin, and ringworm.
- This herb can be infused with tea and consumed regularly to get rid of jaundice and kidney stones.
- Sorrel has natural laxative properties.
- Bruised leaves or extracted juice can be applied to boils, malignant tumors, and indolent ulcers.
- Fresh Sorrel leaves have diuretic and blood cleansing properties. The leaves are used to cure inflammatory and scorbutic diseases.
It also is an excellent source of iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium. 100 grams of Sorrel leaves (4 oz. = 112 grams, or 1 oz= 28 grams). meet 8 % of the daily iron requirement and 3% of the daily calcium requirement.