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Dec 28, 2012 02:36 PM

What's a "brown onion?"

I have a recipe for a Turkish lamb and fig stew. It calls for brown onions as an ingredient, not as in "saute the onions until brown." I did an online search and found a couple of websites from the UK and Australia. Based on the photos and descriptions, it sounds like a brown onion is what in the US is called a plain ol' yellow storage onion. Are there any CH out there who can enlighten me?

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  1. I've seen the conventional 'yellow onions' labeled as 'brown onions' at 99Ranch (California/Chinese grocery chain).

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    1. re: paulj

      Maybe it's a California thing? The Mexican grocery does the same thing.

    2. I would say they're the same. If I were naming them, I'd call them brown onions instead of yellow ones.

      1. Yes, they are yellow onions, as opposed to white.

        1. I just diced an onion I would typically call yellow. But, yeah, I guess the skin really was just brown. My guess is you can use the same and that will suit your recipe fine. Just stay away from white onions or sweet onions.

          1. Thanks, everyone! You've confirmed what I suspected.