Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | May 27, 2011

Death Onions

It seems the easiest thing to grow in our lawn/garden is not what I plant. It’s death onions. They are the long, green weed-looking things in the pictures below.

If you live in our town (possibly anywhere in New Jersey?) you might have these growing in your garden too. Dori pulled one and thought it looked and smelled like green onions you buy at the store (because certainly I can’t grow much that looks like a real vegetable). So we decided to try them. We called them “death onions” and hoped we didn’t end up in the hospital.

We chopped up the white parts and put them in salad. Turns out there isn’t much that’s actually edible, and the outside was very tough. But we lived. And they were indeed onions.

For the next batch, I sauteed them in some olive oil and added them to white rice. Delicious.

Turns out we’re not the only ones with them. Just google it! Since mentioning it to others here, we’re finding out everyone has them. And no one in our town knew they were edible. Leave it to us, the composting, recycling, walk-to-school, freaky-California types to eat what everyone else is trying to eradicate with pesticide.


  1. I always considered them scallions, though I’ll admit I never tried one pulled from the lawn or garden. You guys are brave.

  2. Sheila – or we’re stupid.

  3. I think you would be considered a “gatherer” in England. People there (at least some where we were) would gather berries from common areas. They did highly caution against eating any wild mushrooms as they could be poisonous. Be careful!

  4. Cheryl – I love that term, gatherer! We did find some mushrooms in our front yard, and decided not to tempt fate. 🙂

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