What’s the Difference Between a Scallion and a Spring Onion?

May 15, 2013 | By | Comments (2)


To be honest, I always thought a scallion and a spring onion were two different names for the same vegetable. Turns out, I was wrong. A true spring onion has a larger bulb than a scallion (though still smaller than a standard onion) and is only available during—you guessed it—the spring. It has a mellower flavor than a regular onion and can be grilled or roasted whole, thinly sliced and marinated, or battered and fried into delicious onion rings.

Here’s a quick guide to 4 similar but different types of onions you’re likely to encounter at your farmers’ market right now.

(photo: Alexandra Grablewski/Getty Images)


  1. Ashly

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  2. Tess

    Well I am from Britain and I can assure you that what you call a scallion we call a spring onion. The kind with small bulbs? –just another type of spring or “salad” onion, of which there are many.

    October 28, 2014 at 3:10 pm

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