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Forever Onion Greens

My daughter recently commented to me, "Mom, have you heard of forever onion greens yet?"
My curiosity aroused I answered her in the negative and waited for her explanation.

This is obviously for those of us who are not blessed with our own vegetable gardens or a trick saved for cold winter months, but I learned that a bunch of onion greens can keep on giving long after they would  if we keep  doing what we usually do  -- put them in the crisper drawer of our refrigerator until they are either used them up or thrown  out.

Instead, you will find that your onion greens if placed in a glass of water (with a little added sugar)  will just keep on growing !
Somewhat sceptical I pulled out a bunch of onion greens that had been in my fridge for probably a week and stuck them in water and placed the glass near a window but not direct sun.
To my amazement stocks started to grow, and grow quickly !  I could literally see them grow !

Keep picking them  off as you need them -- change the water if it gets cloudy and add a little fresh sugar!

I had to think of Jesus feeding the 5,000 with two loaves and five fishes --  and then the miraculous 12 baskets of left overs!
I'm not sure you will get 12 baskets of left overs from one purchased bunch of onion greens ... but... I suppose it depends on how green your thumb is !  smile


  1. i heard about this recently and tried it and it did not work for me. i know i did it wrong. do you put the whole onion in or just the root part?

    1. Jaz... I put in the whole bunch as I bought them,(minus the stems I had used) and new shoots immediately came up.

  2. I'd seen the idea on Pinterest a while back, too, but only tried it for the first time about two weeks ago. I didn't even add any sugar, but my first "crop" is easily ready to use! I can't believe how FAST they grow!!!

  3. i learnt this trick from my grandfather and have now been doing it for years. Funny thing is, it's the only place my cat drinks from.

  4. Two of my three cats love the onion water as well!

  5. I have cut off the lower portion, about an inch or less, just above the roots and planted in potting soil in a large pot. It will continue to put up green shoots. I snip them off to use in salads, as you might do with chives.

  6. That's a neat idea! I'm always interesting in finding ways to make things last a little longer :).

  7. It will work for a while but when the bulb has used up its nutrients it will stop. Still you get a lot more out of your green onions if you put them in water so they can continue to grow as long as possible.

  8. My grandparents always did this when i was a kid

  9. Thank you for sharing! I can't wait to do this!

  10. I just went downstairs to my fridge and got out the green oinions I bought Friday afternoon. Put them in fresh water with a little bit of sugar. I'm excited!! Thanks for sharing this

  11. When I worked at Taco Bell, we cut the green off and threw out the bulb. A lady that worked there started taking them home and she just planted them in her yard. When the stocks grew, she would cut what she needed and replant them again. So I took some home too. But I like the fact that you can put them in water and they will do the same thing. Thanks for the tip.


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