But, what do you do with them?
Well, let me tell you. This is such a versatile plant:
- The young shoots are used like green onions or chives – tender and delicious. They are growing long before you have even planted your green onions so you can eat them earlier in the spring.
- The top-set bulblets are great pickled. They are a little tedious to peel, so I will just smash them with the side of a knife like you would garlic, remove the skin and put them through a garlic press. Delicious on hamburgers, or really anywhere you would use onion powder or onions in general.
- They are a little more spicy than some of your normal onions – enjoy!
- The stalks will get quite large in length and circumference. We’ve had some as big around as a golf ball. They are hollow inside - great for stuffing like you would stuff a pepper; and then grilled.
- The onion at the bottom (underground) does not get bulbous (round) like a traditional onion; But is still delicious used like any normal onion.
|This onion has fallen to the ground and taken root.|
It must be hard to grow?
NO – This is probably the easiest plant you will ever grow. I often give away top sets as PassAlong Plants to friends and neighbors. When they ask how to plant it I tell them to throw it on the ground where they want the plant to grow. They look at me like I’m crazy – which I may be, but that has nothing to do with onions – and I reassure them that is all it takes. If you really want a lot of them quickly separate the bulblets and plant them individually about 6” apart. Next year you’ll have a great start – the following year you’ll have so many you’ll have PassAlong Plants to share with your friends and neighbors! It survives extreme summers and winters, droughts and floods, green thumbs and brown thumbs alike. It is a very hardy perennial. Plant it once and you'll have free onions for years to come – what could be better than that!
Get your hands dirty!