As onions vary in shape, size and colour, it can be quite tricky to know which type to use for a particular dish. This is complicated even further considering each type of onion carries a unique flavor and taste that will only compliment certain dishes. So that the right choice can be made every time, this article is going to look at four commonly used onions and explain when and how each should be used:
Starting with possibly the most commonly used onion of all in the UK, the white onion is layered with a papery white skin and has a mild, sweet flavor. These characteristics make them the ideal companion to a fresh salsa or homemade guacamole.
Like the white onion, red onions are sweet and mild in flavor, so much so that they can even be eaten raw. Both the outer skin and inner layers are a deep magenta colour which makes them particularly useful additions to salads and any other dish that is need of a splash of colour to enhance its appearance.
Spring onions differ from most other types of onion in that their bulbs are only partially formed. Usually, the entire plant will be used, including its tall green shoots. These onions make for a wonderful garnish on omelettes, soups and tacos, as well as adding colour and crunch to a dish. Spring onions are used all over the world and go by many different names including green onions, salad onions, cebollitas, scallions.
As their name suggests, these onions are much sweeter in flavor than their counterparts. With this, they are the ideal choice when making onions rings. Much larger in size and slightly flatter than white onions, the sweet onion also contains extra sugar thus they are particularly useful for caramelising. Varieties of sweet onion include Maui, Vidalia and Walla Walla.
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