So, I posted the info below about a year ago. I have since learned that I made it way more difficult than necessary. You don’t need to use toothpicks to balance the green onion. You just need to put it in a small glass with a little water. The green onions will continue to grow and the roots will swirl around the bowl. And, I still always have fresh green onions for a mild onion flavor, a little color and/or the perfect garnish.
I love green onions, or scallions, especially as a garnish. They add color, freshness and the perfect amount of mild onion flavor when sprinkled on top of a dish. They are great on salad, enchiladas, a baked potato… and on and on. The problem is I usually only need one and I have to buy a “bunch” at the store; then the rest go bad.
I saw this on TV a long time ago; so long I don’t even know when. It could have been a cooking show, it could have been Mr. Wizard. Everyone remembers Mr. Wizard, right? I have always wanted to try it and finally did a few weeks ago. Guess what, it works! So, here are the steps on how to “grow” a green onion…
- Use the part of the green onion you normally would for garnish or cooking but leave the “root ball” at the end. (I don’t garden so I don’t know if these are the correct terms but I’m sure you know what I mean)
- Find a small juice glass. Put toothpicks into the green onion so the roots can sit in the water.
- Make sure to fill the water as necessary and watch your onion grow!
It is amazing! Now I have onions for garnish whenever I want. I’m so excited!
Since this is the first time I have done this, I’m not sure if you can cut and regrow over and over. I will update this post when I find out.
Also, I did take this a step further and plant it in my pot with my other herbs for summer. We shall see what happens.