Chives vs Scallions: What’s the difference between the two herbs?

Don’t know the difference between chives and scallions? Have a look at some of the ways in which these two similar-looking culinary herbs are different from each other.
 Chives vs Scallions: What’s the difference between the two herbs? Chives vs Scallions: What’s the difference between the two herbs?
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When it comes to incorporating the right kind of flavours in the dish, herbs are the go-to ingredient. These elevate the dish and add a richness and complex flavours to it. Herbs like chives and scallions, look more or less the same and nearly have the same usage.

While browsing around the aisle of fresh herbs in a grocery store, it is easy for you to get confused between the two. So if you are one of those who are not too sure about the difference between these two culinary herbs, then have a look at some of the ways in which they are different from each other.

Chives

Belonging to the Alliaceae family of plants, chives grow in clumps and bear pale purple flowers. They are usually 30-40 cm tall and can easily be grown in a herb garden.

Scallions

Scallions have a green leafy portion and a white-coloured bulb and are a type of onions. After harvesting, the green onions develop flower stalks and have a distinct taste. 

Leaves

The leaves of chives are mostly flat in shape and are thinner than the leaves of scallions. The leaves of both scallions and chives are green and hollow in appearance. 

Uses

When it comes to the way these are used in dishes, scallions are often used as a garnish or in salads. While in scallions, both the green leafy part and the white bulb are used in dishes, in the case of chives, only the green portion is used. 

Taste

The white bulb-like part of scallions has a sweet and mild flavour, while the green leafy part has a pungent flavour. Chives have a similar taste to that of leeks. As compared to that of onions, chives are much milder in taste. 

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