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The true scallion. Not a spring onion which is what most cooks in India commonly use when the recipe requires scallions. Milder in taste. Also called bunching onions in some parts of the world.
Bunching onions are a scallion and never form a bulb and have hollow leaves. The leaves are prized when cooking unlike the more difficult leaves of the spring onion. Other names for Bunching Onion are Welsh Onion and Long Green Onion.
Both the white and the green parts are used in recipes and eaten both raw and cooked. These fresh young onions are identified by their slender shape and mild flavor. The white stalk has the same sharp, onion taste though with less bite, while the dark green leaves have a fresher, grassy milder flavor.
A popular ingredient in Asian cuisine, especially in East and Southeast Asia. It is particularly important in China, Japan, and Korea, even more than the bulb onion so common elsewhere. In the West, bunching onion is primarily used as a scallion or salad onion.
Scallions are mild enough that both the whites and the greens can be eaten raw, as in scallion salad, a popular side dish for Korean barbecue, or as a crunchy garnish for soups, and chili, and potato puree. Raw scallion whites and greens can be pickled whole or fermented in kimchi. Whole scallions are delicious grilled or roasted—the leaves become charred and the the whites tender and sweet.
Many stir-fry recipes call for separating the whites and the greens. This method mellows out the sharp flavor of the bulb, while allowing the raw greens to stay fresh as a garnish. An added bonus? The scallion whites are usually the first ingredient in the wok, infusing the cooking oil with their aromatics and flavoring the rest of the stir-fry.
Beets are a nutrient dense food filled with natural sugars and have a very intense earthy flavor. The trick to successfully cooking beets is to soften them while also concentrating their sweet flavor.
Toss the baby beets with olive oil, rosemary or thyme sprigs, salt and pepper and spread them on a roasting pan or cover them in a foil packet. Roast at 375 for about 30 minutes turning them twice until they are tender. Remove skin while warm, and cut in half. Toss with vinegar or lime juice, and additional salt and pepper if needed and serve.
To maximize their nutrition and flavor steam the baby beets. Fill the bottom of the steamer with 2 inches of water and bring to a rapid boil. Add beets, cover, and steam for 15 minutes.
In salads, beets are best served chilled. Beets pair well with salty and sweet ingredients, so combining them with feta or goat cheese, berries, apples and oranges works well. Adding a nut or seed such as pumpkin seeds or walnuts works great to add some crunchy texture to the salad.
Pickled beets can be made with cooked or raw beets. They both work great! I like both but find the raw beets to result in a slightly crisper texture.
Boiling beets is likely the fastest method for cooking. In this method, it is best to leave them whole so they maintain more of their color.
Fresh beets can be eaten raw too. They work best in this way thinly sliced or grated on a salad or even as an ingredient on a veggie sandwich. Beets definitely taste different raw than when cooked. More earthy with some sweetness and a crisper texture. Wash and peel skin before using.