Everything You Need To Know About Spring OnionsDara Wechsler
Spring Onions vs Onions
Shopping for onions can get overwhelming especially when you don’t exactly know the difference between yellow, white, red, sweet, shallots, or spring ones. Picking the right one boils down to the dish you’re looking to make and the taste.
What Are Spring Onions?
Harvested in the spring but planted in late fall, spring onions are also sometimes referred to as scallions or green onions. The best way to differentiate spring onions from other types of onions is by the small bulbs at the base that can be red or white, depending on the varietal.
How do spring onions taste?
Both the long, slender green tops and the small bulb at the base are edible and can be eaten raw or cooked. They’re a bit sweeter and mellower than regular onions but have a more intense flavor than scallions. It wouldn’t be recommended to substitute spring onions for scallions if eating raw as the flavor might be too overpowering. Whether you roast or grill them whole, they’re guaranteed to add flavor to any dish!
How to prepare spring onions
Wash, and trim off the root. Slice the bulb into rounds and cut the green tops across with kitchen scissors or lengthways with a knife. If you would like to use as a garnish, just cut into slim lengths, then place it in ice-cold water for about 30 minutes.