Spring Onion Seeds and Their Essential Oil
What are Spring onions used for? If you're searching for a mild onion with a subtle onion flavor that's easily eaten raw on salads or lightly cooked in soups and stir fries as a part of a balanced diet, then cultivating spring onions is your best option. Onions can range from golden to orange to yellow in color. There are also garlic roots and leeks, among others. It all depends on what type of onion is being grown.
Although the flavour of these vegetables varies, generally they have a buttery, mustard-like taste with a milder than average heat. To encourage even more flavoursomeness of the end result, try sowing them into a cluster during off season. That's when you'll get the full natural 'seedless' taste of the onion. However, the high prices of the spring onion seeds (about $20 per bag) make it worthwhile to buy in bulk during the warmer months of the year.
The most important part of growing them is preparing the soil properly. They prefer rocky soil with lots of silt and gravel but as long as the soil has good drainage, it's fine. It's also important to make sure you get enough sunlight and nutrients for your crop. You should be able to see the foliage start to appear about six to eight weeks before you sow spring onion seeds. If they've already sprouted, you can just wait for the next growing season and continue growing them indoors.
When you've got your bulbs and seedlings in place, you can now sow them. Sow them about six to eight inches deep, so they don't sprout too much. If using a hole punch, only to pierce the skin of the bulb so it will not spread around inside the container. Once the seeds are germinating, you can now lightly water the soil and place it in your container for the rest of the spring season.
Preparing your salads: there are a lot of great spring onions available that you can use for your salads. Some of the more popular ones include the following: regular, red, yellow, white and green. Of course there are also winter onions, which are great for soups, stews and even stews with chicken or fish! Look out for summer and fall season, when you have better chances of getting the best deals.
How to prepare the salads: cut off the heads of the green stalks and leave the stalks on the plant. Then take off any and all leaves on the green stalks and any leaves on the yellow stalks. Rinse the stalks well and leave to dry. This should give you plenty of drying time. Once dry, remove the seeds and slice the green and yellow leaves into quarter inch pieces. Now you're ready to store up your delicious new salads!
How to cook: while your spring onions are drying up you can cook them in salted water or put them on top of a low heat grill. If you want to steam your spring onions, you can add water or bring them to room temperature and let them sit in there for about an hour. Once they're soft enough to flip, you'll want to cook them in the same manner you would cook the other bulbs. In addition to being able to roast, steam or pan fry your spring onion bulbs, you'll find that they are incredibly flavourful!
Once your bulbs are soft and ready to harvest, remove them from their pots and place them in a shallow dish. Add some good quality organic garden soil to the bottom of the dish and add some liquid such as chicken or vegetable stock to fill up the dirt. Water the ground down a little and then lay down your bulbs and allow the extra moisture to percolate through the soil and into the bulbs, which should be approximately one inch below the surface of the soil. After about three days, your bulbs will be ready to harvest.