I'd like to make this sound funny, but it's coming out like a lecture, sorry. There are spring onions in my garden, and they aren't much like scallions or ramps. Scallions are immature onions, with small bulbs, typically not much larger than the stalk. Like mature onions, stalks consist of upright growths from the top of each ring, starting at the top of the bulb. Ramps are a wild leek, that don't much resemble onions. The bulb is relatively small, and the leaf is an actual leaf on a stalk. My spring onions form elongated distinct bulbs, and the stalk is also elongated, with individual stems that separate from the stalk at distinct distances from the bulb. They are also a bunching onion, and come up repeatedly once planted.
Allium tricoccum is the US version of ramps. Scallions are immature Allium cepa. The Latin name for spring onion is usually given as A. cepa, but sometimes A. fistulosum, which is a bunching onion, like the spring onions in my garden.
In the few dishes I've made with spring onions, the onion flavor is milder and sweeter than either mature A cepa or scallions. I recommend spring onions for anyone who appreciates a perennial, reliable, and delicious version of onion. Contact me for seed or start availabiliy.
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