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Common Name: ONION - WELSH
Scientific Name: Allium fistulosum
Alternative Names: Spring Onion, Bunching Onion

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Allium fistulosum


  • Biennial
  • Biennial or perennial with cylindrical bulbs, pencil-thick stems and hollow leaves up yo 30cm long.
  • Bell-shaped, yellow-white flowers are born in spherical umbels in summer.
  • Needs rich, well-drained soil in full sun.
  • May be earthed up, like leeks, to blanch stems.
  • Fully hardy.
  • Seeds can be sown in succession in spring for summer use, and in summer for autumn and spring use.

Culinary Uses

  • The leaves are used green in salads or blanched for flavouring in Asian cuisenes, and for tying items of food before serving.
  • The lower stems are used like leeks in soups, stews and omelettes.

Parts Used

  • The whole plant, bulbs and roots.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • A pungent tonic, antibiotic, diuretic, anti-inflammatory and expectorant.
  • Stimulates the digestion, lowers fever by increasing perspiration and reduces cholesterol levels.
  • A decoction of the fresh plant is taken internally for the early stages of a common cold and for cararrh following respiratory tract infections.
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