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North Carolina Green Onions

North Carolina Green OnionsScallions are actually just very immature onions. Mature onions are allowed to grow a well-developed bulb, but scallions (sometimes called green onions) are pulled from the ground while their tops are still green and before a significant bulb has formed. Technically speaking, a scallion is even younger than a green onion (scallions are supposed to be bulbless, while green onions are harvested at the miniature bulb stage), from a consumer's viewpoint, the two types are nearly identical. Scallions can be eaten cooked or raw, and are valued for their savory flavor, which is characteristically milder than that of older onions. (In some countries, such as China, scallions are the most popular form of onion.) Nutritionally, they have a distinct advantage over older onions: The green tops of scallions, which can be enjoyed along with the white part, provide more vitamin C, folate, calcium, and beta-carotene, ounce for ounce, than full grown onions.


North Carolina Green Onion Growers/Shipper List

Cooling/Storage Requirements of North Carolina Green Onions

Suitable Cooling Method(s)

HydroCooling, Icing

Optimum Temp ºF

32ºF

Freezing Temp ºF

30ºF

Optimum Humidity %

95-100%

Normal Storage Life

3-4 weeks

 
Nick Augostini, Marketing Specialist
North Carolina Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services
202 Cunningham Road
Kinston, NC 28501
(252) 527-7125