Like all alliums (onions), chives are also bulb plants with a difference that their bulbs are so tiny that most people never even realize they are there.
Some sources state that chives are native to moist pastures and stream banks of Greece, Sweden, Alps and some parts of northern Britain.
Other sources go as far as 5,000 years ago to the Orient, where chives have been added to the foods first by the Chinese and then by the ancient Greeks.
By the sixteenth century, however, chives were widely present in European herbal gardens and the colonists brought them to America along with other medicinal and kitchen plants, valued at the time.
Garlic chives were believed to have certain magical powers of keeping away disease and evil influences. Bunches of chives were hung in the homes for that purpose.
But even when the magic of garlic chives failed to protect homes, families have, regardless, been rewarded with the decorative virtue of chives - which never fails. Garlic chives dry beautifully!