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Ch'iao t'ou

Amaryllidaceae Allium chinense G. Don

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Rakkyo is an onion relative. It is an important vegetable in the Orient and in this country is grown and used mainly by Orientals. The plants do not produce seeds and are propagated by bulb division. In mild climates, bulbs are planted in late summer, and the crop is harvested in midsummer of the following year. Several small bulbs are obtained from each bulb planted. Rakkyo bulbs are mainly pickled, some are canned. Also, they are used as a cooked vegetable. The leaves have hollow blades. Culture and exposure of plant parts is similar to that of bulb-set onions.

Season, planting to harvest: About 10 months.

Production in U.S.: No data. Grown to limited extent by Oriental gardeners.

Use: Mainly pickles, some canned and some used as fresh cooked vegetable.

Part of plant consumed: Bulbs.