What would food taste like without onions? Onions add great flavor to most meat and vegetable dishes. Think of roasted onions with a juicy beef roast, or crisp onion slices on a grilled hamburger. Onions add distinct flavors to soups, stews and salads. Don’t forget those crispy deep fried onion rings that you allow yourself to indulge in every so often.
There are varieties of onions, each with their own distinct flavors.
Chives: Chives consist of long and hollow grass-like stems. The leaves are much thinner than those of green onions or scallions and their taste is very mild. Chives are used to add flavor to foods just before serving, as chives usually are not used in cooking.
Green Onions: Is also called spring onions, which is a type of thickly planted yellow onion grown and harvested while it is still immature in early spring. It somewhat resembles the Scallion, but has longer leaves and larger bulb. It has a sweet-sharp aromatic flavor from the leaves and the white part is used like an ordinary onion. Green onions can be replaced with scallions.
Leeks: Leeks have a much milder flavor than other onions. The tender white part is used raw or cooked in salads, sauces and other dishes. The coarser green part is usually used to flavor soups and stews.
Red Onions: Red onions come in different varieties but they are usually very sweet and are delicious eaten raw. Besides their great flavor they also add bright color to foods. Due to red onions sweet and mild flavor, they are great in salads and on sandwiches.
Scallions: Scallions are sometimes called Spring Onions in the United States. They are young onions with a long, thin white base that has not yet fully developed into a bulb. They have long straight green stalks that look like chives. They are wonderful raw in salads, but can also be used in cooked dishes. Scallions have a milder flavor than mature onions, but a bit stronger than chives.
White Onions: The white onion is popular for cooking. It is often used in spicy dishes since it has a tangy flavor. White onions tend to have higher water content and they are usually a little sweeter then yellow onions.
Wild Onions: Similar to cultivated onions, wild onions have a sharp flavor and scent. Wild onions tend to have a very strong odor, which makes them very easy to find when they are growing in the wild. The leaves, bulb, and flowers of wild onions can all be eaten, but generally the leaves are what is used in most dishes.
Yellow Onions: When you are looking for an onion to put into a cooked dish, the yellow onion is what most people choose. Yellow onions are usually available year round and generally are lower in price. Yellow onions can be eaten raw, but tend to be more pungent.
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