Green Onions & Leeks
bunching onion See green onion.
calcot Notes: This is a large, Spanish variety of green onion. Substitutes: small leeks OR green onions
Chinese onion See green onion.
cibol See green onion.
green onion = scallion = bunching onion = shallot (in Australia) = spring onion (in Britain) = Chinese onion = stone leek = cibol Equivalents: 1 bunch = 1/4 pound = 1/2 cup sliced Notes: These are onions that have small bulbs and long green stalks. They're usually eaten raw, but you can also grill or sauté them. Some people also use the term green onions to refer to onion tops, shallot tops and young leeks. Substitutes: spring onions OR leeks OR shallots OR chives (if used raw)
leek Notes: Leeks look like large green onions, and they have a more complex onion flavor. They're often cooked as a vegetable side dish, or used in soups. Be sure to wash them thoroughly before cooking as the leaves are notorious for collecting dirt. Substitutes: yellow onion OR asparagus (as a side vegetable) OR ramps
ramps = ramp = wild leek = Tennessee truffle Notes: These have a strong onion-garlic flavor which tends to linger on the breath. Despite their humble Appalachian origins, ramps tend to be pricey and are usually found in gourmet produce markets. They're available from March to June. Substitutes: leeks (milder, larger) OR Chinese chives Or green garlic
scallion See green onion.
shallot (in Australia) See green onion. Americans use the term shallot to refer to a small, mild dry onion.
spring onion Notes: Some people use the name spring onion as a synonym for green onion, while others use it to refer to a green onion with a partially formed bulb. Substitutes: green onions OR ramps OR leeks
stone leek See green onion.
Tennessee truffle See ramps.
wild leek See ramps.
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