Here's a primer on growing onions, leeks, scallions, and shallots, plus information on harvesting, storage, and seed saving techniques.
For gardeners interested in growing onions, shown here from left to right are ‘Bianca di Maggio,’ ‘Red Torpedo,’ scallions, and a yellow onion with its stalk buds. The robust, exceptional flavor they add to meals is worth the few teardrops that may end up on your cutting board.
ILLUSTRATION: KEITH WARD
Leeks can play all sorts of scrumptious roles in the kitchen. They are great for drying, and also give tasty punch to soups, stews, and other dishes that cook for a long time.