Green Onion Or Spring Onion? Shallot Or Eschalot?

If you’ve ever been confused by what type of onion to use in a recipe, you aren’t alone. The names for these vegetables vary depending on the cookbook you read, the supermarket you visit or the person you ask. Here’s what we mean when we say “green onion”, “salad onion” or “eschalot”.

 

Green Onions

Green Onions (Shallots)

 

What we call it: green onion (shallot)

It’s also called: scallion (US), spring onion (Britain; and some supermarkets)

How to recognise it: long green leaves with white ends, no bulbs

 

 

 

 

Salad Onions

Spring (Salad) Onions

 

What we call it: spring (salad) onion

It’s also called: green onion, young onion (some supermarkets)

How to recognise it: small white onion bulb with long green leaves

 

 

 

 

 

Eschalots

Eschalots

 

What we call it: eschalot

It’s also called: shallot (US, some supermarkets), French shallot (some supermarkets)

How to recognise it: small and brown with paper-like skin