I love green onions! They are so crisp and fresh and are a wonderful addition to just about any meal hot or cold. They are great because they have a mild onion flavor and do not overpower your food nor do they leave the terrible onion aftertaste in your mouth. Green onions can be eaten raw or cooked and go best in Asian meals.
I prefer to use these in place of other onions mainly because the taste is much more palatable for me and my husband. You can always use them as a substitute and they are great to just add a quick pop of flavor to a salad.
Name: Green Onions (also known as Spring Onions or Scallion)
Varieties: There has been much confusion about what the difference is between green onions, scallions and spring onions. Scallions and green onions are actually the same thing. They have long green leaves with a long white base which contains the most of the flavor. Spring onions on the other hand have long green leaves but the white base has a bulb look to it. The green leaves on a spring onion are more intense in flavor than the green onion. Another member of the scallion/green onion/spring onion family is the leek. Leeks have a milder flavor than green onions, are much larger and are typically used in soups.
Season: Green onions/scallions can be found year round in grocery stores but they are mainly in their peak season in the spring. The same is true for spring onions (go figure). You should be able to purchase both at your local farmers market starting in the early spring.
Heath Benefits: Green onions and spring onions are rich in phytochemicals such as quercetin and anthocyanin which improve your body’s immune system. Green onions also contain high levels of vitamin K which improves bone health and vitamin A which maintains healthy eye health. The vitamin C content prevents high blood pressure and therefore decreased the risk of heart disease.
Nutrients: Contains high amounts of vitamins A, C and K as well as calcium and iron. One cup of chopped green onions is about 32 calories.
How to store them: Make sure to select green onions that have a bright green color and are crisp but firm. Do not buy ones that are wilted, damaged, bruised or soggy. Green onions can be stored in the fridge for up to five days but be sure to keep them in a vegetable draw away from other foods as they will absorb the oniony odor otherwise. Remove the rubber band that is around the onions and put them in a plastic bag.