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- Created 2012-02-27
Japanese bunching onion
) is a
. Other names that may be applied to this plant include
. These names are ambiguous, as they may also be used to refer to any young green onion stalk, whether grown from Welsh onions,
, or other similar members of the genus
). The species is very similar in taste and odor to the related common onion,
, and hybrids between the two (
s) exist. The Welsh onion, however, does not develop
s, and possesses hollow leaves ("fistulosum" means "hollow") and
. Large varieties of the Welsh onion resemble the
, such as the Japanese 'negi', whilst smaller varieties resemble
s. Many Welsh onions can multiply by forming perennial evergreen clumps. Next to culinary use, it is also grown in a bunch as an
Historically, the Welsh onion was known as the
The name "Welsh onion" has become a
in modern English, as
is not indigenous to
. "Welsh" preserves the original meaning of the
word "welisc", or
"welsche", meaning "foreign" (compare
in "walnut", of the same etymological origin). The species originated in Asia, possibly
. In Wales, the spring onion has a dialectal variation, jibbons or sibwns (pronounced 'shiboons') which originates from the French 'ciboule.'
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