Asked on May 03, 2015

Can you eat red onion tops?

Pamela Scruggs
by Pamela Scruggs

I want to be sure I can cut these off and use them or will it impact the onion growing below?

3 red onions in a pot
  7 answers
  • Kathyanne Pera Kathyanne Pera on May 03, 2015
    it's ok to eat them, but when you do eat tops remember that most of the nutrients will then go to the root system. So they may not grow back as you wish.
  • LYNN LYNN on May 03, 2015
    these are just as good or better than the white ones, I love them and even freeze the chopped tops for cooking. I have just pulled the red onions when I want some fresh onions, chop the tops I am not eating and freeze on parchment paper. Once frozen I put them in freezer bags. Good in soups, stir fry, etc..
  • Kathyanne Pera Kathyanne Pera on May 03, 2015
    keep em growing, and dont cut tops just to be clear, the bulb in the ground is the part you will eat right?
  • Lee Cunningham Green Lee Cunningham Green on May 03, 2015
    The truth is it probably will stop the growth and may make your young onions rot. It is ok to eat the tops of onions, It just depends what you want, maybe you could do a bit of both, trim some for the greens and wait on the others for the onion. and then you still get the greens just more mature ones. The flavor of the older green is a bit sharper a bit bitter but like a scallion just fine.
  • Connie Mar Connie Mar on May 04, 2015
    If you want to eat the red onion, don't cut the tops off. The sign that onions are ready to pick is when the tops fall over. There are other onion types to plant where you can just cut the green tops.
  • Carol Ann McDaniel Carol Ann McDaniel on May 04, 2015
    You can cut out the thick hard scapes that will bloom. They are tasty. But I agree if you want onions don't cut the leaves. I cut the root base off of any onions that we are cooking and reroot those for the leaves. Garlic leaf is especially tasty.
  • Pauline Pauline on May 07, 2023

    I grow So o many that I can cut just half what's on top (of there is 4 i cut 2 so on) I leave the rest for the onion to continue growth. Remember, never harvest all. Leave some. You don't need a whole lot.