Tuesday, January 15, 2013
How to Re-grow Your Store-Bought Green Onions
Green onions are an item I buy just about every time I'm at the grocery store. My husband and I love to cook, and we put it in everything from soups to tacos. One day while slicing away at a bunch, I noticed tiny roots still attached to the ends of the onion stalks. I wondered to myself if the onions would continue to grow if placed in water. As an experiment, I plunked what remained of my green onions in a cup of water, and placed the cup in a sunny window. I filled the cup with just enough water to submerge the roots in order to prevent the onion stalks from rotting.
Within a couple of days, the roots grew longer, and the foliage taller. After a week or two, the older, outer foliage began to die, turn brown and peel off. I simply snipped off dead foliage with scissors. New foliage then emerged from the inside of each stalk. These bad boys grew faster than we could cook them! They grew so tall sometimes, that the top heavy foliage would bend in half. I'd have to give the onions a "haircut" and store the excess in the fridge.
So there you have it. All you need to re-grow your own green onions is a cup, water, a sunny window, and maybe a pair of scissors for the occasional "haircut" :) I bought this organic bunch of onions for $1.00, and it lasted me two whole months before they went south. Since I typically buy a new bunch of onions weekly, re-growing my own saved me a decent chunk of change. And who doesn't like saving money? I've been re-growing green onions in a cup of water ever since my initial experiment.
FYI, I guess I wasn't the first person to plunk a bunch of onions in water because I've since come across other "How-To's" on Pinterest. I guess I'm late to the green onion party. Better late than never!