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Price of green onions shoots up

By Zhao Ruixue  (China Daily)

11:23, March 18, 2012

BEIJING, Mar. 17 (Xinhuanet) -- A recent increase in the price of green onions, an ingredient used in many Chinese dishes, has caused a stir among residents in various parts of the country as well as among the online community.

Insiders, though, said the price rise will be curbed by the arrival of spring green onions at market.

Shao Wenxiang, a 65-year-old housewife in Jinan, Shandong province, is extremely careful now about how she handles green onions, taking time to prevent their leaves from falling off. Just a year ago, though, she didn't hesitate to remove yellowed leaves.

"It is so expensive," Shao said. "A big leaf costs nearly 1 yuan (16 cents)."

Like ginger and garlic, green onions are a daily part of many Chinese diets. In northern parts of the country, many people eat them raw.

The price of green onions has risen quickly in the country since February, the fastest increases taking place in Beijing and Shandong, according to agriculture statistics released by Xinhua News Agency.

The average wholesale price for 1 kilogram of green onions reached a high of 7.20 yuan at the Beijing Dayang Road Agricultural Product Market on March 15, while the price was 4.79 yuan at the Shouguang Fruits and Vegetables Market in Shandong, a large source of green onions.

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