Onion derives from the Latin "unio," and chive from "cepa" (onion)
A hardy bright green plant which grows like a delicate, hollow, fleshy herb. Its bulb is white, long and pear-shaped.
The green onion, known as "cébette" in Provence (a name used by 16th century French poet François Villon), and "cive" in Picardy, is often mistakenly referred to a shallot in both French and English. Larger than the chive, green onions or scallions (or spring onions to the British) look, appropriately enough, like… small green onions! In the Villis capitular of Charlemagne, they are mentioned under the heading "cepa," between coming between garlic and shallots.
Nutritional values per 100 g
Calories: 25 g; Carbohydrates: 3.8 g; Fat: 0.6 g: Protein: 2.8 g.
Rich in Vitamins A and C and calcium
Buying green onions and chives
Choose fresh ones with straight leaves and white bulbs.
Keep in the refrigerator crisper. They have a tendency to go moldy if too tightly sealed.
The green onion provides a subtler flavor for any savory dish. The hollow green stems go well with eggs, mayonnaise-based sauces (gribiche, tartar, remoulade), and baked potatoes. They are also perfectly paired with butter, sour cream, cheese and fruit.
Finely snip the green onion tops with scissors to increase their flavor.
Use them at the last minute so that their flavor is retained.
Sauté frogs' legs in butter. Remove them once the meat begins to shrink. Add a handful of chopped green onion soaked in lemon juice to the cooking pan with two heaping spoonfuls of crème fraîche and salt and pepper. Let thicken slightly and serve.
Halibut in cider - Cook three bunches of green onions in a large pot of boiling water. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water. Spread 3 sliced apples in an ovenproof dish and pour over top 250 ml of cider and the reserved cooking liquid. Top with slices of halibut. Cook 7 to 8 minutes in the oven.
Baked tuna "en papillote" - Marinate the fish in the juice of 2 lemons, 50 ml soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of cilantro for 30 minutes. Place each steak on a piece of aluminum foil. Cover with chopped green onions, snow peas and bean sprouts. Close each package and bake for 15 minutes.
China - pork with pineapple - In a wok sauté cubes of pork with green onions and strips of yellow pepper. Pour in some pineapple juice, cover and let simmer 40 minutes. Add some pineapple chunks and heat through. Serve with avocado slices.
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