Your Allium Shopping List

Fragrant and nutritious, alliums are a must-have for your grocery cart.

Your Allium Shopping List

Herbs and spices add flavor to your meals, and just a small amount can add up to big health benefits. Some of the best herbs you can stock up on are alliums, which refer to the large class of bulbous herbs in the amaryllis family. They are defined by their round or spherical flower clusters, basal leaves, and striking aroma. Not only do they smell and taste great, edible alliums contain crucial nutrients such as vitamins and minerals that ensure optimal health. Pick up one of these six popular alliums on your next trip to the supermarket.

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Chives

Allium schoenoprasum, or chives, are freshest during the summer. Their thin dark green leaves and flower heads are used as a garnish and seasoning in recipes like salads, dressings, and soups. Try chives on a salmon and avocado toast or add it to a sautéed dish or stir-fry like healthy fried rice.

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