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Spring Onions Recipes

In Season: Spring Onions

It's hard to appreciate the onset of Spring without considering the glorious bounty of new produce options at the farmers market. This week, I was enraptured by the spring onions.
Don't confuse a spring onion with its close counterpart, the long, thin scallion (or green onion). Spring onions are more petite than leeks, and look different from scallions because they will bulge near the root: they are simply young onions that have been pulled before they develop into conventional onions. These seasonal vegetables are milder than regular onions yet zippier and sweeter than green onions. Learn how to pick and enjoy them when you

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Select bunches of spring onions that have perky leaves, a vivid green color, and a firm bulb that may be either white or purple (there is little difference in flavor between the two). They will store in a perforated bag in the refrigerator for several days. They don't last as long as regular onions and, like scallions, will turn slimy. To prepare, soak and wash thoroughly of all dirt and sand, and trim off the roots; cut off the top of the greens, and slice the bulb into rounds.

Because of their mild flavor, spring onions taste great in raw salads; they can also be grilled, roasted, or stir-fried. Use them in place of onions or scallions in a dish, or consider one of these ideas:

What do you think of spring onions, and what are your favorite ways to enjoy them?

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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
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flyingroo flyingroo 8 years
Yumsugar, please don't spread the confusion, spring onions ARE scallions or green onions, just at a different stage in their life. "In other words, what we call spring onions are usually young onions, more mature than a straight green onion or scallion, less mature than the bigger round things we call onions" Elizabeth Schneider, in Vegetables from Amaranth to Zucchini,
flyingroo flyingroo 8 years
Yumsugar, please don't spread the confusion, spring onions ARE scallions or green onions, just at a different stage in their life. "In other words, what we call spring onions are usually young onions, more mature than a straight green onion or scallion, less mature than the bigger round things we call onions"Elizabeth Schneider, in Vegetables from Amaranth to Zucchini,
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Ooooh! I love spring onions, raw, dipped into a bit of smoked sea salt. So simple, but so good!
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 8 years
yummy! i love this time of year for veggies :)
mswender mswender 8 years
I got vidalia spring onions and used them in salad and chicken salad and they were so delicious!!!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
yay! i love the spring because some of my favs are back in season and that means that i can afford them! i can't wait to pick some spring onions up and make a great spring dinner!
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