Scallions, green onions, and spring onions

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I guess while we are at lets not leave out shallots, salad onions, bunching onions, and green sticks.  For the purists a scallion is technically slightly less mature than a green onions.  No matter what you call them this is a very versatile version of the conventional mature bulb version of the vegetable and shouldn’t be overlooked in your garden.

What is great about green onions is the provide a milder onion taste when you want to avoid the overpowering taste mature onions can bring.  This is why green onions are commonly used raw or cooked into many Asian dishes as well as soup, noodle, and seafood dishes.  One of my favorite uses for green onions is in my garden salsa mango salsa, or black bean and corn salsa.

What is good to remember when you are growing green onions is obviously you will be pulling them before they create bulbs and mature so you can plant them very close together (i.e. the term bunching onions)  This is great when you are like me with not a lot of room to grow vegetables so anytime I can do some intensive spacing the better.

So if you forgot to grow onions this year, don’t fret it is not too late to start your green onions, scallions, spring onions, shallots, salad onions, green sticks, or bunching onions.  I know someone else has another name for these that I missed, if so please add it to the comments…

8 Responses to “Scallions, green onions, and spring onions”

  1. Teresia Says:

    We always called them “table onions”.


  2. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener Says:

    I knew there had to be at least one more 🙂


  3. Mary W. Says:

    While shallots are in the onion family, I would not at all consider them the same thing as green onions. They don’t look the same, nor are they used the same.


  4. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener Says:

    Mary W, I agree completely shallots are definitely used and harvested at a different time, though with the definition of premature onion they all fall under that category.


  5. humic_acid Says:

    I always love to add green onions with saute dishes or grilled lamb chops, the taste is not overpowering but it can truly enhance the flavor incredibly 🙂 Growing green onions is possible all year round especially if you’re using the hydroponics method.


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  7. Jmarie Says:

    Just so ya know, I think that bunching onions are actually a unique (and wonderful) plant, not the same as green onions. They sort of grow like a tulip bulb, having their own offsets. Growing onions close together is just … close onions.

    You can buy bunching onion seed, they are nice. Kind of like the garlic I left for too long, when each clove sent up a green shoot. The bulbs are all attached. Cheers! Thanks for your page!


  8. Nancy Says:

    I planted onion plants about three weeks ago. Every day when I look, several of them have been pulled up. Some are even upside-down in the dirt with the stem buried in the dirt. Thinking maybe the birds mistook them for worms,I covered the area with a net, but it still happens! Any ideas on what is happening?


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