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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
or particularly common in
common to Wales is the leek,
, the national vegetable of Wales). "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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