Knowing Your Onions

Learn more about this essential ingredient.

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Chives Have a mild onion flavor and make a nice garnish.

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Leeks Have a mellow onion flavor and can be used interchangeably with onions.

Green onions Also are known as scallions and usually have a mildly pungent flavor.

Yellow onions Can be round or flattened; sweet varieties include Vidalia, Walla Walla, and Maui, which are great for caramelizing.

White onions Often have a sharp flavor; smaller varieties include pearl onions, about 1/2-inch in diameter, and boiling onions, 7/8 to 1-1/2 inches in diameter.

Shallots Have a mild, delicate flavor that is outstanding when added to sauces.

Red onions Generally have a sharp flavor. They are valued for their color when served raw.

Garlic Is strongly scented and pungent. Elephant garlic is larger, milder, and more closely related to a leek.

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