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The terms “green onion” and “scallion” are used interchangeably, even though they are not technically the same vegetable. They are also known as spring onions or salad onions; both are white onions that are harvested before they are mature. Scallions are a specific variety of onion, while green onions can be grown from any onion variety, including leeks.
The onions are harvested before a bulb develops and this is the best way to determine the difference between the two. True scallions don't form as much of a bulb at the white base as other onion varieties. You can use either in a recipe that calls for green onions or scallions, but you may find a wide variety in flavor. Scallions are generally milder, but when buying green onions there is no way to know how strong the flavor is until you actually put them to a taste test.
4 ounces green onions = 36 calories, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 0 mono fat, 2g protein, 8g carbohydrates, 18mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol