Chives are the smallest species of the onion family.It natives to Europe, Asia and North America.Its species name derives from the Greek skhoínos (sedge) and práson (leek).Culinary uses for chives involve shredding its leaves (straws) for use as condiment for fish, potatoes and soups. Because of this, it is a common household herb, frequent in gardens as well as in grocery stores. It also has insect-repelling properties which can be used in gardens to control pests.