spring_onion_lgAlso called green onions, scallions are a milder member of the allium family, which includes onions and garlic. After trimming off the root tips of the white ends, both the white base and hollow green stalks can be chopped and added to a wide variety of foods, from egg dishes to stir-fries to pizza and more. The dark green ends are delicious chopped and added raw to salads and grain or rice dishes.

The Wonderful World of Alliums

There is nary a cuisine that doesn’t include allium vegetables. Onions, garlic, leeks, shallots, and scallions are all members of the Allium genus, and are fundamental to so many dishes that cooking without them would be challenging. Although rich in flavor, they seem to disappear in many sauces, stews, and soups, and it can be easy to forget their presence, unless you were the one tearing up while chopping them.

Corn and Zucchini Fritters

Adapted from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone


3–4 zucchini, grated
1 cup of fresh corn (approximately), cut from the cob
Egg, 1 large or two small, beaten
1/2 bunch green onions, thinly sliced, white part and a little of the green
Garlic clove, 1 large or two small, minced
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
Sliced lemon for garnish
Olive oil