Spring Onions card by Julian Williams
Spring Onions Allium fistulosum
In the middle ages it was a common practice to sow the seeds of the Common Onion (Allium cepa) in the Autumn and then to thin the shoots in the Spring. This early crop, which was harvested before the bulbs had fattened, was called â€œSpring Onionsâ€. The modern varieties that are now available in all seasons come from non-bulbing species of onions that were originally grown in the Far East. Some people call them â€œJapanese Bunch Onionsâ€ others call them â€œScallionsâ€, after the name of a town in Israel where local gardeners grew bunch onions that they had imported from the China.
The word â€œSpringâ€ first occurs in the 14th century when the English began to refer to Lent as â€œSpringing timeâ€ because it is the season when plants are â€œspringingâ€ from the ground.