Amongst the three, shallots are the most common within Australia. Sold in bunches of thin strands they add a great kick of flavour to Asian fusion dishes and crunch to fresh salads. You can use the whole plant (minus the roots!).
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Alternative names: salad onions, green onions, scallions
What is a spring onion?
A spring onion, on the other hand, is a small golf ball-sized bulb with long green leaves. Spring onions are sweeter than scallions which makes them perfect for roasting.
Recipe suggestion: Steak & spring onion sandwich with miso mayo
Alternative names: scallions, green onion, young onion
What are eschalots?
Eschalots resemble tiny brown onions and have a relatively mild flavour.
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Alternative names: shallots, French shallot
How to store
To keep shallots and spring onions fresh store them roots down in a glass of water in the fridge, just like you would a bunch of flowers. Or alternatively, wrap them in a damp tea towel or Swag bag.
Tip: don’t throw out the cut roots of your spring onions, simply place them in an old jar with some water and watch them regrow!