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Mar 3, 2011 08:40 PM

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."

                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.