Known simply as "white onions" (oignons blancs)
unches of these tender, sweet onions are sold in fresh form all year round everywhere in France. Their sweet flavor and very tender flesh is nothing like those of scallions, which are hot and strong-tasting by comparison--and completely unknown in France. The French oignon blanc
is planted in fall or earliest spring, and harvested before a dry skin forms over the small bulbs, when they are 1-2" in diameter. A ubiquitous feature of the French culinary landscape and a must for every onion lover.