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Grow Green Onions … from your Groceries!

Grow your own green onions

This is a little different from my normal recipe posts, but I HAVE to share this with you. This is so ridiculously simple, I don’t know why we haven’t been doing it all along, except maybe we never thought to … you know how when you buy green onions at the store, the bottom part has roots on it? Well, those roots, if you place them in water and put them in a sunny window … they grow!

Well, duh! Why didn’t we think of that? Why have we been throwing away green onion roots all this time? I showed it to my mother and she said “well, of course!”

All you do is cut off the white part of the onion. Use the green part for cooking.

Grow your own green onions

Put them in a cup of water:

Grow your own green onions

And set them in a sunny window. In a week or two, they will look like this! You probably have to move them into a larger glass as they grow.

Grow your own green onions ... in water! from your groceries

Change out the water every once in a while. Whenever you need a green onion, just pull it from the glass, chop off the top, and put the roots back into the glass.

Update: After a couple months growing in water, they looked like they needed planting. They were getting a little “gooey” on the sides. So I planted them in a pot and they are still growing 6 months after I initially wrote this post. Every time I need a green onion, I just chop off the tops of one or two of them, and they grow right back! I never buy green onions anymore.

This post was shared at Tuesday Talent Shows, Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways and These Chicks Cooked Whole Foods Recipe Swap.

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26 Responses

  1. zelda

    What a brilliant idea~thanks for shearing.

    March 10, 2012 at 8:38 am

  2. That’s brilliant, Ann! I love this idea!! I always seem to either not have any green onions, or the the ones I have are going bad, so this is perfect. 🙂

    March 10, 2012 at 8:44 am

  3. Thank you for sharing this! I’m going to start doing this. 🙂

    March 10, 2012 at 8:50 am

  4. I have some in soil in my solar greenhouse but never thought to grow them indoors like that. Great idea.

    March 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

  5. Brilliant! Thanks, dear Ann, for the nudge. Now I’m really encouraged to do this. It works! 🙂

    March 10, 2012 at 10:27 am

  6. You did it! I saw this on Pinterest and thought, “Does it really work?” I mean, it made total sense but then I thought, “Why isn’t anyone doing it???” But you did! And you inspired me. I will have to make it happen…

    March 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    • Ann

      Yes! I’m so glad you’re going to try it 🙂

      March 11, 2012 at 7:54 am

  7. This does work. i been doing it for about a month now. Wondering if it will work with stuff like leeks

    March 10, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    • Ann

      It probably would … it’s worth a try!

      March 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm

  8. Love it Ann!
    I saw it on pinterest but seeing you do it made me think that I really should give this a go
    it doesn’t get any fresher than this!

    March 11, 2012 at 6:48 am

    • Ann

      I hope you try it too! It’s so fun.

      March 11, 2012 at 7:56 am

  9. egg me on

    Genius! What a great idea. I’m trying this.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm

  10. That is brilliant! Do you think it would also work for leeks?

    March 11, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    • Ann

      I haven’t tried it with leeks, but I bet it would!

      March 12, 2012 at 10:38 am

  11. just came across your blog and am already hooked. this idea is genius (and i love the beerstein-like glas)!

    March 12, 2012 at 10:30 am

    • Ann

      Thank you! I’m so glad you stopped by 🙂

      March 12, 2012 at 10:38 am

  12. I’m totally sharing this! did you see (I think it was over at Gypsy’s Melting Pot…I’ll go look for it and try to post the link)…where you bury the bottom of a stalk of celery in your garden and you can grow your own celery from an old stalk? so cool!


    March 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    • Ann

      I did! and guess what I am growing next? hee hee 🙂

      March 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm

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  15. I am going to the store first thing in the morning to buy green onions! ~smile~ Thank you for the great post! <3 and hugs sweetness!

    September 29, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    • Ann

      I’m so glad you’re going to try it, Debi! 🙂

      September 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm

  16. Cool beans, Ann!! Love, tweeted, and shared on FB! xo

    September 30, 2012 at 10:37 am

    • Ann

      aw thanks dear Ally!

      September 30, 2012 at 10:51 am

  17. What a eureka moment! It never even crossed my mind, yet I use spring onions almost everyday in my Chinese cooking, Makes me want to go fish the roots out of the bin now! (of course I won’t but ughhhh all those wasted roots over the years!).
    Thanks very much for sharing this idea. Fantastico..and you’ve just made a foodie lover very happy!

    February 1, 2013 at 11:39 am

    • Ann

      I felt the same way when I discovered this trick! So glad I could help 🙂

      February 1, 2013 at 7:06 pm