Facts About Scallions

Food/Cooking - Cooking
By: Wordsmith    
23-Feb-2013

Introduction:Paula Deen once said, "Onions and bacon cooking up just makes your kitchen smell so good. In fact, one day I'm going to come up with a room deodorizer that smells like bacon and onions. It's a fabulous smell." Well, Paula, if you ever do, I will buy it by the case.
Onions are also one of the most versatile vegetables that you can use in your cooking. One of the most versatile of all is the scallion. Scallions, more commonly referred to as "Spring Onions" or "Green Onions" are grown all over the world. The Scallion is unique in that it is harvested before it grows into a mature onion. Scallions have two distinctive parts, an upper green stem, which is hollow and a small white bulb. Scallions are especially popular for use in salads and in Asian cuisine.

  • 01

    Scallions Add Taste and Color

    The green, hollow stems can be chopped up and added to soups and salads for an added touch of color. The chopped stems can also be used as a topping for homemade pizzas and meatloaf. The stems are also used in Chinese and Thai stir fried dishes and to garnish fried rice or chicken. The green stems is also used in many Indian cuisines. The bulb part of the scallion is used in many eastern sauces for their pungent flavor.

  • 02

    A Flavor That Does Not Overpower

    In many cases you want the flavor of onion while still being able to taste the other ingredients in a dish and that is where the scallion shine the brightest. In many cases, white onions, yellow onions, red onions, even sweet onions, overpower the more subtle flavor of the other ingredients. In cases like these, the scallion is the ideal substitute for other onions, they will add the onion taste while allowing you to still taste all the other ingredients in the dish.

  • 03

    It Is All In the Bulb

    The size and shape of the bulb determines how a scallion tastes. The degree of pungency is directly proportional to the size and shape of the bulb. Long slender bulbs are the sweetest while large, fat bulbs have the most pungent flavor.

  • 04

    Health Benefits

    Besides adding color and flavor to your cuisine, the scallion has many other health benefits. The scallion helps treat the common cold and acts as a metabolism stimulant. The scallion combats fungal and bacterial infections and, with the addition of leeks, fights against cholesterol and some forms of cancer. Scallions even stimulates or modifies the perspiration processes.

  • 05

    Nutritional Benefits

    Size 1 tbsp,(6g) 1 oz(28g) 1 cup,(100g)
    Calories 2, 9, 32,
    Water 5.4 g, 25.2 g, 89.8 g,
    Carbs 0.4 g, 2.1 g, 7.3 g,
    Total Fats --- , 0.1 g, 0.2 g,
    Proteins 0.1 g, 0.5 g, 1.8 g,
    Vitamin A 59.8 IU, 279 IU, 997 IU,
    Vitamin K 12.4 mcg, 58.0 mcg, 207 mcg,
    Calcium 4.3 mg, 20.2 mg, 72.0 mg,
    Potassium 16.6 mg, 77.3 mg, 276 mg,
    Sodium 1.0 mg, 4.5 mg, 16.0 mg,
    IU = International Units
    mcg = Micrograms




Final Thoughts

Properly stored scallions can be kept fresh in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks. To keep them fresh longest, remove them from the plastic bag and remove the rubber band binding their stems together. Place them in a tall container, add enough water to cover their bulbs and then cover the container loosely with a zip lock bag. Change the water every couple of days and your scallions will stay fresh and crisp longer.




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