Saturday, April 24, 2010

Year-old Onions

So I had some green onions that I never used last year, and I just left them in the garden to do their thing. They came back after winter, but I was too skeptical to try eating them... But scapes are another story!

A scape is what happens when an onion (or garlic!) "goes to seed." These huge ones you see in these photos probably aren't tender enough to eat, so I'll leave them and experiment with collecting their seeds.

There were several smaller scapes that seemed nice and tender, and a few more that should be perfect in a couple days.

You could cut them up for a stir-fry. I'll probably cut them into very small pieces and saute them to add to a rice dish.

It just goes to show that, in the right climate, nature keeps doing her thing. Volunteer tomatoes appear, plants survive harsh conditions, and a neglected onion offers forth new bounty past its prime.


Galateadia said...

My grandma let the cipollinis from last year go over the winter too. We're going to see if they will produce viable seed. :)

wind spinner guru said...

Galateadia i think your right onions are bulbs rigth it doesnt withered and they produce from bulbs to another ..