Differences between types of onions and their best uses

Onions are the unsung heroes of many a dish. Here is the ultimate guide to the major types.

1. Pearl onions

Enjoy them roasted, pickled or in stews.

2. Red onions

Eat them raw or use them to perk up a dish.

3. Sweet onions

Vidalia, Bermuda and Walla Walla are among onions of this type.

4. Yellow onions

They are all-purpose like the blue jeans of the onion world.

5. White onions

They are milder and sweeter than yellow ones.

6. Scallions or green onions

They are great for salads or a stir-fry.