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    I have a bed of egyptian walking onions, which I harvest for the stems, little bulblets, and at some point the larger bottom onion.
    I happened across something called a tree onion, whilst passing a nursery on a walk yesterday and the top bulblet looked totally different to mine. Mine look just like what you see if you google 'egyptian walking onion' -purple skinned and small. This other tree onion had a brown skinned bulblet which was much bigger - about the size of a silverskin pickled onion, and it was a bit more of a squat shape.

    Can anyone tell me whether I saw an abnormal walking onion or whether this might be a potentially superior type of bigger bulblet tree onion?

    I think I might need to retrace my steps to this nursery and get me one...

  • #2
    OOohhhhh... I had always thought that Egyptian Walking onions and tree onions were the same thing and they were like you have - small purple bulbs.

    I'd be interested to hear the answer on this one
    Shortie

    "There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children; one of these is roots, the other wings" - Hodding Carter

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    • #3
      They are the same thing, but there are a number of different varieties of walking onions. It could have just been that? Some red, some more green, different sizes. I've just ordered a variety pack that included Catawissa, Moritz, McCullar's and Amish.

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      • #4
        Yes, that is quite possible - I'm off to google all those varieties you just mentioned - I need to get hold of some different varieties I didn't even know existed! Yey.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Right Shed Fred View Post
          Yes, that is quite possible - I'm off to google all those varieties you just mentioned - I need to get hold of some different varieties I didn't even know existed! Yey.
          Check out the onion man on ebay (based in Scotland), he also has potato onions which are a rare find in the UK

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          • #6
            [QUOTE=MelanieSW;n2502881 I've just ordered a variety pack that included Catawissa, Moritz, McCullar's and Amish.[/QUOTE]

            Where have you ordered them from if you don't mind me asking?(!)

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Right Shed Fred View Post

              Where have you ordered them from if you don't mind me asking?(!)
              The onion man on eBay. Great selection, grown in Scotland

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              • #8
                Mine have the small purple bulbs but they're very fiddly to peel so i don't really use them as much as I should.

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                • #9
                  Mine too Bren. I grew them as a novelty but am not sure how I would use them as they are tiny
                  Shortie

                  "There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children; one of these is roots, the other wings" - Hodding Carter

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                  • #10
                    I use the tiny purple onions in Asian style noodle soups. But yes, they're a bit small and fiddly for anything where you can't just chuck them in. Thanks for the supplier tip!

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                    • #11
                      I did a bit of checking and it says to drop the bulbs in boiling water for 2 mins then plunge into cold water and it’s supposed to make them easier to peel.
                      Last edited by Bren In Pots; 12-07-2020, 06:45 PM.

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