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Are Scallions and Green Onions The Same Thing?

I know they are close, but are they the same to you? I couldn't find a definitive answer through the google, so I thought I'd ask all of you. Leeks and chives need not apply.

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  1. No. Scallions are more intense in flavor than regular yellow onions, less sweet, but not garlicky. Green onions (scallions) have a less intense and sweeter/fresher flavor than either.

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      1. re: C. Hamster

        I think pasuga was confused about the OP question, and meant to write shallot in the first line of his/her reply.

        1. re: greygarious

          You're right, confused, sorry. Had a couple glasses of wine last night. <g> The word should definitely have been "shallots."

          1. re: pasuga

            that's OK. I'd had a couple of beers when I posted the topic. :)

    1. "The missus always fixes a plate of relish with them little carrot sticks. You know, olives, pickles, scallions. Most folks call them green onions, but they're really scallions..."

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        1. re: chuckku

          Over a year later, somebody finally gets the reference...

          1. re: Jenny Ondioline

            Is there more than one routine using that line? I know it from an old Stan Freberg parody of Dragnet, but I dont remember it including the "Love ya have ya" line.

            1. re: Fydeaux

              His partner says that when he's inviting Friday over to the house during one of the bits where he's talking about the relish tray. I think he repeats the line about the scallions at least twice, possibly three times during the whole piece.

              Stan Freberg is a personal hero.

              1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                "Did You know that, Joe?"
                "Know what?"
                "That most people call 'em green onions but they're really scallions."
                "Uh-huh"

                OK, that IS the source. To this day, whenever anyone in my family mentions either, someone else will pop in with "You know, most people..."

                I'm a big Freberg fan also. "Today the pit, tomorrow the wrinkles!"

        2. Yes, they are the same thing.

          1. As a kid they were also called 'scunions'

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            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

              My grandmother called them that, too. Since English wasn't her native language, I always assumed she had made the word up by combining "scallion" and "onion." Everyone else I knew called them scallions. I don't make a distinction between scallions and green onions; they are one and the same.

            2. one and the same, I think it just depends on where you're from. I grew up knowing them as scallions, my dh calls them green onions.