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

June 09, 2015

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

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.


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


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

Greek onions

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

Red onions

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

Yellow onions

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


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


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