Onion Bulb - Egyptian Walking
Allium x proliferum
This ancient perennial has been in North America since the 1850’s. It is a top set onion type, producing small onion sets or bulbils in a cluster on top of a hardy tall stock. As the bulbils grow, the weight of the bulbils will cause the stalk to fall over or “walk”, bringing the top set cluster to the ground. The top sets (bulbils) can be harvested, cured and stored for several months.
Plant Egyptian onion “bulbils between September and October for a harvest the following July-August. Plant pointed end up, 10-15cm (4-6″) apart and with the tip of the onion set 2-5cm (1-2″) deep.
The Egyptian Walking Onion once it has established itself is a hardy perennial you can leave over the winter and it will come back in the spring. Interestingly enough, the original bulb will multiple each spring. The small, underdeveloped onions at the bottom of the mature plant are edible but are very hot. The top-sets or bulbils are flavored much like a shallot. The greens are a good flavor as well. Essentially you will have” onions for life”. Harvesting is as simple as cutting the clusters off. Store in a cool dark place.