Most commonly known for its culinary uses, chives are also a powerful medicinal herb (although not quite as potent as their cousin garlic). Like most alliums, chives are great for improving circulation, soothing an upset stomach, stopping a runny nose, or preventing bad breath. A mild antibacterial, this vitamin B, A, and C rich herb is also used to treat and prevent colds.
Beyond this, chives repel pests in the garden because of their sulfur content.
Recipe for vegan chive pesto
1 C UMass Permaculture grown chives, chopped
1/4 C almonds, soaked
2 TBSP nutritional yeast
1 TSP apple cider vinegar
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/3 C extra virgin olive oil
1. Combine chives, almonds, nutritional yeast, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper in a food processor until it becomes a thick paste
2. While food processor is on, slowly stream in olive oil until combined; scrape sides if necessary.
3. Season with more salt and pepper to taste and enjoy on fish, rice, meats, pasta, or alone as a dip!