Garden Life

Solving the Mystery of the Welsh Onion

welsh onions

This delicious perennial green onion is one of our first harvests every year, but why is it called “Welsh” Onion? —>
“The name “Welsh Onion” has become a misnomer in modern English, as Allium fistulosum is not indigenous to Wales or particularly common in Welsh cuisine (the green Allium common to Wales is the leek, A. ampeloprasum, the national vegetable of Wales). “Welsh” preserves the original meaning of the Old English word “welisc”, or Old German “welsche”, meaning “foreign”. The species originated in Asia, possibly Siberia or China.” (source: Wikipedia)