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pdermer1x
May 11, 2018 3:47 PM CST
Is walking onion the same as walking garlic? I'm not sure if I've got garlic and onion, or just the onion. Some of the bulbs have looked like garlic, but now they are all producing "walking tops" and what I just dug up looks like an onion bulb. Or did I just use most of my garlic already? The garlic in the past has been very mild but with a garlic odor. What I just dug (the walker) doesn't. As always, thank you for your knowledge!
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DaisyI
May 11, 2018 5:49 PM CST
Technically, there is no such thing as 'walking garlic' but it does seem to happen sometimes. But Walking Onions (Allium × proliferum) are a real thing. I've always thought the Walking Onions tasted a little garlicky. Common onion is Allium cepa and Walking Onions are Allium cepa var. proliferum so it really is an onion. Garlic is Allium sativum.

Home grown garlic bulbs, if they don't mature on time, do look like onion bulbs. Here is the difference: garlic has flat leaves and onions have tube leaves.
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pdermer1x
May 11, 2018 6:56 PM CST
Ahhh! Flat vs tubular. Thank you!!!!!!!!! I never paid much attention to that. Now I will... (Although the flowering onions that I have are, to me, more flat than tubular) What I ate today was definitely tubular.

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