This indispensable bulb, used worldwide,
differs from nation to nation and from season to season. Onions vary
from tiny red onions of pickling size to those as big as grapefruit.
Subsequently, whenever a big onion is stipulated, it could possibly mean
various things to various individuals.
To introduce some uniformity in judging how big the onions, here is the
guide. A big onion is 1 that weights over 250g (8 oz); a medium onion is
approximately 125g (4 oz); a little onion weights in around 60g (2 oz).
Weigh a few onions to obtain an idea of the sizes and it'll help you
save a great deal deliberation.
Flavor and pungency also vary greatly, however your discretion and
judgment being a cook to tell you when you should increase or reduce the
amount is anticipated. The little purple shallots so popular in Asian
countries aren't very easily readily available in Australia, so recipes
have been tested using the common white or brown onion. In the event you
do get your hands on some shallots, use them of course, but in a smaller
quantity than onion, and be certain to cook them very carefully and
never let them burn.
Scallions may also be useful in Asian food and generally both white and
green parts go into the recipe unless of course otherwise stated. Oddly,
in Australia the scallion is known as a shallot; scallions are also
recognized as green onions or spring onions. Those best for the purpose
are straight, with out a big, well developed bulb.