la de da asked in Food & DrinkCooking & Recipes · 1 decade ago

what's the difference between green onion and a spring onion?

i need to cook a creamy cajun chicken pasta, which has a green onion. i went onto google images to search for a green onion and it looked exactly like a spring onion! so how do i tell which is which?

11 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    They are the same, they just have different names depending on the region.

    Source(s): JS
  • Nicole
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Chives may be part of the onion family, but do not have the white part at the bottom. They are an herb, much like oregano or sage would be. They are not the same as the stalks of an onion All the rest of the terms I have heard used interchangeably in the USA. Personally, I think there is a difference between shallots and green/spring onions, but it is merely the age of the onion. HTH

  • Shahid
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The common name scallion is associated with various members of the genus Allium that lack a fully-developed bulb. They tend to be milder tasting than other onions and are typically used raw in salads in western cookery. Diced scallions are often used in soup, noodle, seafood, and sauce in eastern dishes.

    The species most commonly associated with the name is the Welsh onion, Allium fistulosum. Scallion is sometimes used for Allium ascalonicum, better known as the shallot. The words "scallion" and "shallot" are related and can be traced back to the Greek askolonion as described by the Greek writer Theophrastus; this name, in turn, seems to originate from the Philistine town of Ascalon (modern-day Ashkelon in Israel). The shallots themselves apparently came from farther east. [1]

    Scallions are also sometimes known as green onions in the United States. Confusingly, the term "green onion" can also be used for immature specimens of the ordinary onion Allium cepa. In Great Britain and some Commonwealth countries they are called spring onions. In Wales, they may also be referred to as 'gibbons'. In parts of Australia they are known as either 'eschallots', 'shallots', or 'spring onions' depending on the region. In parts of Scotland, they may be referred to as 'Cibies'. However, in Ireland the term 'scallions' is used, while there is a variant in Jamaica that is spelled 'escallion', although the "e" at the beginning of the word is silent.

  • 1 decade ago

    nothing its the same onion just known by 2 different names depending on where you live, been called a salad onion.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Its the same thing, but i think its called green because other onion are either white or purple..

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    they are both a same, the green onion is slightly younger and harvested earlier

  • 1 decade ago

    They are one and the same depending on where you are or grew up.

    I get the same with string beans and green beans.

  • 1 decade ago

    it' the same thing's it depeands what part of the country u live in .bon appettite.

    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    They are one and the same depending on where you come from.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    they are both the same just differnt names hun, hope this helps

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