Leek and Spring Onion in Finland

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List of Leeks and Spring Onion in Finland

Leeks and spring onions are common and popular ingredients in Finland. However, all of them are different from their Japanese cousins. Here is a list of the names, where and when you can buy them, and their characteristics and uses.

List of leeks and spring onions introduced in this page
             
SUOMIENGLISH日本語season
PURJOleekリーキ、西洋ネギall year around
RUOHOSIPULIchiveチャイブ、エゾネギ all year around
KEVÄTSIPULI spring onion 葉タマネギ all year around
KEVÄTSIPULI spring onion 葉タマネギ spring and summer
KEVÄTSIPULIspring onionネギwinter

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PURJO


【SUOMI】PURJO
【ENGLISH】leek
【日本語】リーキ、西洋ネギ
【Season】all year around
【Where to buy】
All supermarkets. In vegetable section’s fridge or normal shelf. The easiest one to find.
【Character】
PURJO is about the same length as Japanese leeks, but about twice as thick. Leaves are flat. It has a weak smell and becomes soft and sweet after heating.
【How to use】
I recommend using it for gratin and potage soup.

RUOHOSIPULI


【SUOMI】RUOHOSIPULI
【ENGLISH】chive
【日本語】チャイブ、エゾネギ
【Season】all year around
【Character】
【Where to buy】
All supermarkets. The herb section, sold in a small pot it was grown in.
【Character】
RUOHOSIPULI translates to directly as “grass onion”. In Japanese, it is called chives or ezonegi, but the shape, taste, and aroma are all similar to Japanese Asatsuki. However, the shape, taste and aroma are all similar to chives. As it turns out, Asatsuki is a variant of chives.
【How to use】
I use it as a spice. Juhani made me small fried fishes with mashed potatoes in which he chopped this onion in, it was also very good.

KEVÄTSIPULI


【SUOMI】KEVÄTSIPULI
【ENGLISH】spring onion
【日本語】葉タマネギ
【Season】all year around
【Where to buy】
All supermarkets. In the vegetable section’s fridge.
【Character】
The literal translation is “spring onion”. The name gives a little hint of its character, it is a young onion that has begun to grow. They are probably called spring onions because they are harvested in spring. The root and base of the onion are often cut off. There are almost no white parts, and the entire leaf is green. They taste like Japanese leeks, but sometimes I feel that the flavor is a little weak.
【How to use】
I often add it to stir-fries. Great for omelettes also.

KEVÄTSIPULI

【SUOMI】KEVÄTSIPULI
【ENGLISH】spring onion
【日本語】葉タマネギ
【Season】spring to summer
【Where to buy】
All supermarkets, but I see them most often at LIDL. The vegetable section’s room temperature section. Bundled up with rubber bands.
【Character】
They are sold with their short roots still attached. In early spring, they are sold with the roots barely swollen, but in the summer, the swelling gets bigger, and you feel that they are really onions. I think it’s the same variety as the one before, KEVÄTSIPULI, but I went out of my way to classify it separately because it’s fresh and cheap, and I feel as if it was different.
【How to use】
I use it in stir-fries, sukiyaki, and as a substitute for leek.

KEVÄTSIPULI


【SUOMI】KEVÄTSIPULI
【ENGLISH】spring onion
【日本語】ねぎ
【Season】winter
【Where to buy】
I found this only at K-Citymarket. Packed in a plastic bag at the vegetable section’s fridge.
【Character】
The Finnish name is KEVÄTSIPULI, but it is definitely a different kind, as the white part is longer and less puffy. It is about half the thickness and length of Japanese leeks, but tastes exactly like Japanese leeks. It is even closer to spring onions than the leaf onions sold in the summer, and has a very satisfying taste, smell and texture.
【How to use】
To enjoy the aroma and crunch of it. Try rolling them in thin sliced pork or grill them and eat with dashi soup.

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