Spring onions are a type of onion, with a milder, sweeter taste. They are commonly used in Asian cooking but can be found all over the world. Other close relatives include garlic, shallots, leeks, chive, and Chinese onions.
They have white, purple or red bulbs (depending on the variety) at that taper off into long green soots, both of which are edible raw or cooked.
In cooking, they can be used in a similar way to onions, they can be fried and added to rice, quiches, omelettes and risottos. They are also a classic addition to fritters!
They are a great alternative to onions in salads because of their more mellow taste when raw. They are also excellent added to mashed potatoes for extra flavour!
The shoots when finely sliced make a wonderful garnish to soups, noodles, dips and many other dishes.
Spring onion nutritional information
There are about 32 calories per 100 grams of spring onions. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, calcium and dietary fibre.
Recipe suggestion: Thai chicken salad