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Tree onion, topsetting onions, walking onions, or Egyptian onions, Allium × proliferum, is a species of perennial onion are similar to common onions (A. cepa), but with a cluster of bulblets where a normal onion would have flowers. It is a diploid hybrid between the bunching onion and the shallot. Also known as turfed stone leek,  Genomic evidence has conclusively shown that they are a hybrid of the common onion and the Welsh onion (A. fistulosum). Tree onion bulblets will sprout and grow while still on the original stalk. They may bend down under the weight of the new growth and take root some distance from the parent plant, giving rise to the name "walking onion." It has been postulated that the name "Egyptian onion" derived from Romani people bringing tree onions to Europe from the Indian subcontinent.

Tree onion greens are mild and sweet. It is diversified and useful in every stage - young plants may be used as scallions in the spring; may be cooked or used raw as a part of salads, salsas or Asian recipes. Diced scallions are used in soup, noodle and seafood dishes, sandwiches, curries and as part of a stir fry.The underground bulbs are particularly tough-skinned and pungent, and can be quite elongate, like leeks, or in some types may form bulbs up to 5 cm across. and the bulblets may be used in cooking similarly to regular onions, or preserved by pickling. 

Went to an authentic Chinese restaurant where my 8 year old INSISTED to go  because she loves their蔥油餅 cōngyóubǐng dish (known as a scallion pancake, it is savory, unleavened flatbread folded with oil and minced scallions). To be a good sis, my 15 year old went to the garden this morning, harvested some  greens off the tree onions; followed a cooking youtuber and made the scallion pancake. OMG, not only it looks good, but tastes awesome, better than any scallion pancakes we have ever had in the restaurants. This is our soil to table.

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