Green Onions (Scallions) vs. Chives

They are not the same thing! A few students and I were wondering this today…here is the answer!

(Top) Green Onion/Scallion and (Bottom) Chives

 

Green Onions (Scallions)

 

Green Onions (Scallions) growing

In the United States, green onions and scallions are used interchangeably to refer to the same thin green stalks ending in incomplete white onion bulbs. Unlike onions, the bulbs of green onions stay small and not as developed as the bulbs of onions. They also have a milder taste as compared to onions and provide subtle flavors than that imparted by regular onions to savory dishes.

 

Chives

Chives in bloom (purple flowers are also edible and commonly used in salads)

Although found and grown all across Europe, chives are native to Central Asia. It belongs to the onion family and happens to be the smallest species of the onion family. Grown for their leaves, chives are mainly used as flavoring herbs while cooking. They impart a milder flavor to dishes as compared to their siblings in the onion family. Chives are tender, hollow, tubular leaves that possess a delicate onion flavor, which is why it is used in several culinary seasonings. Although mainly used in the fresh form, chives can be used in the dried as well as the powdered form.

 

 

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