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Old 01-14-2010, 07:03 AM   #1
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Scallions not an herb?

Hello,

I have looked at 2 websites searching for scallions, green onion, spring onions... and nothing shows up as scallion being an herb.

Is scallion an herb?

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Old 01-14-2010, 07:11 AM   #2
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I don't think it's considered an herb. I don't know it's scientific classification, but it's classified with onions, leeks & shallots.

The dark green end is relatively mild, however, and is often used like an herb in some recipes.
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:42 AM   #3
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It is in the onion family and not considered a herb.
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:50 AM   #4
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I'd call it a vegetable. It's a type of onion, onions are vegetables, therefore, scallions are vegetables.
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:56 PM   #5
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Scallions are spring onions, allium cepa. Used for its mild flavor and color. Herbs are the green parts of plants (leaves) used as flavoring.
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Old 01-15-2010, 02:56 AM   #6
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Technically a herb is a leaf of a plant that is useful.

Herbs can be medicinal, dyes, and many other things not just food flavourings. For example agar which is a thickening agent like gelatine is extracted from the leaf of a seaweed and is a herb.
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