Latin name: Allium cepa (onion)
Common names: Just
plain ol' scallions
Scallions are the tender, young
seedlings of onions. The bulb of the onion has not yet formed and the taste is much
sweeter and milder its adult. Probably originating in Asia, the onion is one of the
oldest harvested herbs in civilization. Onions are mentioned during early Greek
times by Pliny the Elder and Homer.
May be grown from seeds or tiny
bulbs. If by seed, they need to be planted early in the spring. Set the bulbs
at least 3 inches apart in rows that are 10 inches between. Onions prefer rich,
moist and loose soil. Scallions may be pulled when the bulbs are no more than
1/2" in diameter.
Wonderfully sweet when eaten raw,
right from the ground. The bulb may be diced or chopped and used in recipes calling
for a hint of onion. The tops can be chopped and either used fresh or dried for
Comments from Your Host,
I LOVE fresh scallions. I
remove the outer covering and place in a cup of ice water that is placed in the
refrigerator and brought out just before serving dinner. Best with lamb, scallions
are just plain old good!
Recipes using Scallions:
Snap Peas with Scallions
Rice, Mushrooms, and Scallions
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