Originally Posted by Gretchen
You all make it not fun to be on a food site. Scallions and green onions are the same. Have nothing to do with shallots.
Actually - they are both/all allums (onions). While a true onion only has one bulb and a true shallot produces a cluster of sets (like a head of garlic) - where you live will determine what they are called.
green onion = scallion = bunching onion = shallot (in Australia) = spring onion (in Britain) = Chinese onion = stone leek = cibol (in Scotland)
But wait - it get's to be even more fun ....
Like Buckytom described - spring onion is also sometimes used to describe an immature onion with a small bulb about the size of a golf ball ...
Spring onion is also used in conjunction with sweet onion = fresh onion = summer onion - such as Vidalia, Walla Walla, Sweet Imperial, Texas Spring Sweet, Texas 1015, Carzalia Sweet, Oso Sweet, Arizona, Granex, and Maui.
It's just one of those things that makes trying to figure out a recipe so much fun! You have to know where it came from ... and what they call things.