Here’s something different: self-sowing onions that continue to produce year after year!

Walking onions” are hardy, perennial onions that you plant as bulbs in fall. In spring, harvest the young, green shoots or wait for the shallot-like bulbs to appear on top. Either way, you can enjoy the deliciously spicy onion flavor in soups, stews and salad dressings. Especially tasty when pickled, fried or roasted.

Also known as “Egyptian walking onions” and “top-setting onions,” the plants grow 18″ to 24″ tall. In late summer, unharvested topsets cause stems to bend to the ground, effectively planting the little bulbs. If the soil conditions are favorable, the fallen topsets take root and grow into new plants, slowly “walking” across your garden bed. If you don’t want the plants to spread, simply remove the topsets.