Green onions (scallions)

Fresh green onions

How to select

Choose green onions that have green tops and white ends.

How to prepare

  • Rinse green onions under running water. 
  • Cut a bit off the top of each stalk as well as the white end. 
  • Dice stalks into small pieces.

How to store

Place green onions in a plastic bag and refrigerate. Use as soon as possible.

Peak season 

Spring, summer

Ways to use

  • Chop raw green onions and use them to top soups and other cooked foods. 
  • In Asian cuisine, green onions are often cooked slightly and used to top stir-fries. 
  • Chop and toss them in a salad or grill them whole for a side dish.

Fun facts

  • Most green onions are really just immature onions. 
  • Green onions are a member of the lily family. 
  • In Chinese medicine, green onions are used to treat a variety of diseases like the common cold and kidney stones. 

Nutrition facts and info

Green onions contain allicin, a compound that can fight bacteria and fungi, lower cholesterol, and have antioxidant properties.

1 cup chopped green onions = 32 calories, 7 g carbs, 2.6 g fiber, 1.8 g protein, 72 mg calcium, 20 mg magnesium, 37 mg phosphorus, 276 mg potassium, 19 mg vitamin C

Learn more

Growing scallions in the home garden (UMN Extension)

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FoodData Central. Onions, spring or scallions (includes tops and bulb), raw. April 2018.

FoodPrint. Real Food Encyclopedia | Scallions and green onions

Have a Plant. Green onions.

University of Minnesota Extension. Growing scallions in home gardens. 2022.