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Is it OK to substitute one for the other?

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In chinese dishes, I have never used chives where I should be using green onion. It would be nuts to use chives where green onion should be used – Huangism Feb 27 '15 at 17:11
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Chives are an herb, green onions are part of...well an onion. They are often used in similar ways and in similar dishes. You can substitute one for the others in most cases, but I could not say they are interchangeable. They have distinct flavors and it will change the dish to change the ingredient.

Also do not attempt to replace green onion with dried chives 1-to-1 (or fresh chives for that matter). Dried chives, not uncommonly found in pre-packaged spice racks, have about as much flavor as straw and will not deliver the desired result (unless you like straw).

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They're not the same thing, as they're a different plant, but they're part of the same family. You might be able to substitute the tops of green onions (scallion, spring onion) in place of chives in small quanities.

Chives tend to be smaller and more tender, typically used raw, and only the green portion is used. Green onions often use both the whites and the green part, has a more pronounced flavor, and is used both cooked and raw.

So, if you're going to substitute chives for green onion -- use the greens only, and reduce the amount.

If you're going to go the other way, you'll want to look to see what parts are being used. If it's the whites of the green onion you need, use regular white onion, if it's the greens, then you can try chives, but add them as late as you can in the cooking process, and if it was to be used raw, you might need to increase the amount.

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No and Yes. They are different plants, but they are very substitutable (am I making up words?). A quick google of chives vs green onions will provide you with more info than you ever needed.

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Indeed, they are interchangeable. :) – JustRightMenus Jul 22 '10 at 17:11

Chives and green onions are not the same thing.

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Simple they are coming from same plant. one of It's call spring onion(onion leaves) the others(chives) are call their flowers !.

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Maybe you could add some sort of reference to back this up? But in my opinion it's plainly wrong and the chives in my backyard look nothing like green onions. Although as others have mentioned under some circumstances they may be a viable substitute. – PeterJ Feb 27 '15 at 10:32
There are 4 correct answers here. Unless there is a language issue of which I am unaware, this is simply wrong. – Jolenealaska Feb 27 '15 at 10:57
Seriously, you're wrong. Not the same at all! – eckes Feb 27 '15 at 18:17
Green Shallots/Spring Onions/Scallions are the same thing ( ) , chives are completely different things, although they do taste like onion they are more like a grass. Chives have their own flower which is purple...… – Doug Feb 27 '15 at 20:49

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