Pearl onions are small and thin skinned. They are usually white or light yellow in color but can also appear in shades of light red. Very mildly flavored, these onions are most frequently found pickled as cocktail onions or in savory casserole dishes.
Pearl onions are usually under an inch in diameter, a very little bit bigger than starter bulbs for larger varieties of onions. They usually grow in shades of yellow or white and occasionally red. Sweet and very soft when pickled or baked.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
To quickly peel, slice off the root of the onion and make a shallow slice vertically through the onion and rub the skin off of the onion. Boil or glaze with wine as an accompaniment to braised beef or fowl or pickle in brine for a garnish.
Conserving and Storing
store in a cool, dry place in a net or onion bag that allows air to move freely.