Chives both stimulate the appetite and aid in the digestive process. And all you need is a little bit. Chives are always used fresh being added after food has been cooked. The chive we’re most used to is a small hollow stem with a definite onion flavor. The plant has a purple/pink flower. It is perennial and expands from its small bulb and reseeds itself. It’s the perfect plant to have in a pot on your kitchen windowsill. There is another chive, too, and that’s garlic chives with a definite mild garlic flavor. This plant has a flat leaf and white flower and grows like chives. On both types, the flowers and leaves can be used. Garlic chives are mild enough to add directly to a salad for that hint of garlic.