Posted by Tim Vidra / February 15, 2012
How to Grow Green Onions Indefinitely
I'm officially dubbing this the week of Scallions and Pinterest. Mary and I separately came across 2 trending ideas for using and growing green onions on the highly addictive bookmarking site, Pinterest, last week — we couldn't wait to try them.
When I came home over the weekend with a bunch of scallions, Mary exclaimed, "did you see this scallion/ginger sauce I pinned — you should totally make that!" Little did she know I had pinned it hours before her, which is virtually light years in terms of Pinterest discoveries.
I had been planning to make this ginger scallion sauce from Lottie + Doof since I first set eyes on it. Find my own variation on the recipe newly published on E.A.T. — this is one I'd definitely recommend trying.
It's a great little accompaniment that could be used in so many ways. Think bread, scrambled eggs, hot dogs, meats, pastas and more...
So, back to scallions and Pinterest. To my competitive dismay and admitted delight, Mary had also uncovered a pin showing how to grow green onions indefinitely. What great timing — I was able to use the scallions to make the sauce and we were also able to test the validity of the miraculously regenerating onions claim.
All I can say is... it works!
This is it guys — place a bunch of scallions with their roots in a glass full of water, then place in a sunny window. Cut off what you need to use in your cooking and the onions will literally regrow themselves almost overnight. No joke.
Here's a shot of some of the green onions with 2 that I chopped down to the roots. See the two nubs off to the side there in the left shot:
This is what they looked like not even 2 days (left) and 4 days (right) later as they literally regrew themselves:
And not even a week later, this is what we have; you can barely tell the difference between the ones I originally cut and the ones I let be (which have also doubled in size):
See how much the roots have extended as well...
These were store-bought organic scallions, guys. Crazy! From what I understand, we'll be able to continue to chop off the parts of onion we want to use and they will just continue to regrow and regrow. You can also plant them in soil and achieve the same effect — something Mary and I will most likely do once the roots gain a little more traction.
Here are the before and afters again for good measure:
Have you heard of this onion trick or tried it? Have we been living under a rock all these years?
P.S. For anyone wondering, the glass pictured is a little juice glass recycled from a soda bottle. We bought a set of 4 a few Christmases back from Etsy seller, YAVAglass. They've been amazing and we use them for everything, as you can see.