Each phase of growth and development in onions offers a new way to enjoy them and a different taste to delight the palate. You’ll miss all that if you don’t grow your own.
Scallions – good to the last morsel!
I wouldn’t feel free to eat the leaves of scallions purchased at the grocery store, but the leaves of my scallions in the garden are so beautiful and sooooo- good tasting (and free from poisons). So, I can enjoy almost the entire plant in any dish that calls for scallions.
The same applies to spring onions.
Just past the spring onion stage — I like to enjoy them steamed or baked with a little butter or perhaps a light sauce of some kind. They can be served as part of the most elegant meal if they have the taste and flavor that comes from growing in your garden.
Try them marinated with other vegetables or meats on the grill shish kebab style.
As they get bigger they’re still sweet and mild for several months —- and filled with flavor. One night I cut up too many for dinner so I just added a little splash of white wine vinegar and olive oil and ate them. Sweet and delicious. You couldn’t do that with store-boughts I’ll bet.
Even as they age and become a bit more pungent in the fall they still taste wonderful and much better than onions from the store.
Another great reason to grow your own is to have enough quality ingredients for your recipes especially during the holidays when you want things to be at there very best. Onions go in so many things and it’s nice not to be limited in the amount of quality ingredients you can get.
Another bonus in growing your own is that they’re not saturated with growth inhibitors and other chemicals.
After all these years of growing onions I am still not sure what I consider the onion’s moment of greatest flavor. But I’m looking forward to many more years of trying to decide. 🙂
‘Cause when you grow your own you can be extravagant and explore all the possible ways to delight the palate using onions.
If you have only experienced onions from the store, you can’t possibly know how wonderful and delicious onions from your garden can be.
If you don’t grow your own, I hope you will be encouraged to do so next spring. (It’s easy.)
If you already grow a few, I hope you’ll increase the numbers and enjoy them most of the year.
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