April 16, 2015 posted by Lindsay Ferrier

Why I’m Taking Green Onions Off My Grocery List

Why I’m Taking Green Onions Off My Grocery List

I buy green onions just about every time I go to the supermarket, and use them in my cooking at least once or twice a week. Last spring, I planted green onions in my herb garden, but they take a woefully long time to replenish themselves when I trim them, so I considered my homegrown green onion effort to be a failed one.

Until now.

I read recently that I could put the leftover onion roots in a little water and they would grow again– although I was skeptical, I decided to try it.

Five days later, here are the results:

Green Onions

They’re fresh and ready to eat- and no pesticide residue to worry about! This experiment was such a success, I’m now going to look for a few vintage jars and grow a few bunches of green onions at a time. I’m assuming I’ll still have to replace the roots with new ones every so often, but still- I’m loving it.

And I just thought I’d share.



  • amy peterson

    Oh man. You got me. I totally thought you were about to destroy green onions for me. Glad you did not. I am so trying this.

    • suburbanturmoil

      Ha! The more you know… 😉

  • I love this idea!

  • Gertie

    I have a friend who does the same thing with Romaine lettuce!

    • Alicia

      What?!? That’s awesome!!