Green Onions: Nutrition & Recipes


Produce Potential; Series Three- Green Onions

Did You Know?

Adding green onions to your diet can provide:

  • Low calories: green onions make it easy to cook healthy because they offer a savory flavor for virtually no calories. A whole cup of chopped green onions, way more than you'd probably use in a single serving, has just 19 calories.

  • Loaded with vitamin A. When it comes to nutrients, green onions ace their vitamin A

  • Green Onions are also an excellent source of vitamin K and vitamin C

  • Both parts of the green onion are edible and can be used in cooking. The green tops have a mild, onion-like flavor while the white base is slightly more intense in its taste.


What’s the Difference Between Scallions and Green Onions?

Green onions and scallions are actually the same thing! They are either harvested very young from the regular bulb-forming onions we are familiar with, or they can come from other varieties that actually never form bulbs.

Scallions are long, with a white stem end that does not bulge out. They have an onion-y but mild bite that is not as intense as regular onions (the white parts contain the most intense flavor). They can be used raw or cooked, and while some cooks discard the darker green tops, the whole thing can be eaten, and is often used in Asian cooking.

Scallions are usually available year-round. Look for a bright color, undamaged leaves, and firm stem ends.