info: Onions are a vegetable that produce an edible bulb – part of the same family as leeks and garlic. It has a crisp texture when raw, soft when cooked, and a flavor that can range from mild to tangy. A good source of vitamins B6 and C, along with manganese and dietary fiber.
storage: Store unwashed in a cool, dark place with good ventilation. They will keep for up to a week.
preparation: Onions can be eaten raw or cooked and can be added to a wide variety of dishes.
You can add them raw to salads, sandwiches and tacos or use as a garnish. You can also saute, boil, steam, or stir-fry onions. They also often make a good addition to soups, stews, and casseroles.
Does chopping onions make your eyes sting? Try chilling them in the refrigerator first, an hour before cutting should help.
It is presumed that our predecessors discovered and started eating wild onions very early – long before farming or even writing was invented. Very likely, this humble vegetable was a staple in the prehistoric diet.
Most researchers agree that the onion has been cultivated for 5000 years or more. Since onions grew wild in various regions, they were probably consumed for thousands of years and domesticated simultaneously all over the world. Onions may be one of the earliest cultivated crops because they were less perishable than other foods of the time, were transportable, were easy to grow and could be grown in a variety of soils and climates. In addition, the onion was useful for sustaining human life. Onions prevented thirst and could be dried and preserved for later consumption when food might be scarce.
While the place and time of the onion’s origin are still a mystery, there are many documents, from very early times, which describe its importance as a food and its use in art, medicine and mummification.
Onions grew in Chinese gardens as early as 5000 years ago and they are referenced in some of the oldest Vedic writings from India. In Egypt, onions can be traced back to 3500 B.C. There is evidence that the Sumerians were growing onions as early as 2500 B.C. One Sumerian text dated to about 2500 B.C. tells of someone plowing over the city governor’s onion patch. …read more