Meet the Onion Family

Use our guide to help you select the perfect onion for your culinary creations.

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Chives

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

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White onions

White onions often have a sharp flavor; smaller varieties include pearl onions, about 1/2 inch in diameter, and boiling onions, 7/8 to 11/2 inches in diameter.

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Leeks

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

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Shallots

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

green onions
Greek onions

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

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Red onions

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

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Yellow onions

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

Garlic
Garlic

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

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