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Onion Trivia

Scallions and Green Onions – Do you know the difference?


I never gave it a lot of thought and maybe you didn’t either. I think the terms are often used interchangeably. But I guess if we are going to call ourselves seasoned cooks – we should know the difference.

Scallions are onions with tops 8 to 10 inches high and NO bulb.

Green Onions (also known as spring onions) are one step further along in development.  They have a 1 to 2 inch bulb with green tops. (picture below)

Only scallions and green onions contain vitamin A.

They also have Vitamin C and iron.

Mature onions have less vitamin C but also have Vitamin B.

Grow your own and have it all.

Onions make you cry?

Try chilling peeled onions in the frig just before chopping.

The chilling inactiviates the sulfur compound that onions release into the air causing your eyes to sting.

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1 comment to Onion Trivia

  • Toni Melvin

    Ha! Somehow I missed this onion post. I was searching and reading all of your onion posts. Preparing for a successful grow and harvest of Jack’s Mako seed that I received and found this post.
    I never knew the real difference of spring onions vs scallions. Interesting.
    The tip of chilling the peeled onion before cutting will come in so handy when I slice last seasons onions for dehydration.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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