Types of Onions:
Common Slicing Varieties: White and Yellow, or Spanish onion
Purple onion -a favorite with it's mild taste, is easier on the gastro-intestinal system Scallions or Green Onions: Grown for it's long stem, and little or no bulb.
Pearl Onions or Pickling Onions: You guessed it, for pickling
Shallots: A mild tasting, small bulb
Leeks: Like a scallions, it is mild, yet distinctive tasting. The stalk is eaten.
Vidalia Onion - defined more by where they are grown, than the variety
I will try each of the onions that I have here along with the shallots, garlic to see which one is our favorite. Larry enjoys green onions so will have to get them in the ground for him. Then next year I can tell you which is my favorite.
Long Day or Short Day Onion?
Most onion varieties begin to form a bulb, when the temperature and hours of daylight reach certain levels. "Long Day Bulbs" begin to form a bulb, when there is 14-16 hours of daylight. Long day onions include Sweet Spanish onions and Walla Walla onions. Long day onions do better in the north, while short day bulbs are good for growing in the south. "Short Day Bulbs" will begin to bulb when there is 12 - 14 hours of daylight hours. Short day onions include Yellow Granex, Texas Grano, Red Burgundy, Yellow Stuttgarter type, and White onions (Ebenezer).
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