Onions

Onions

I’m a fan of onions. I like them raw, especially in sandwiches. I rarely indulge, however, if I’m in company since the resulting bad breath is very unpleasant for others. But so many dishes, especially soups, pasta sauces, or Mexican cuisine have to include this uber-flavorful bulbous vegetable. I can’t imagine cooking a pot roast, for instance, without an onion, sliced or quartered, added to the slow-cooker.

Here’s a 1-minute video on making onion chutney. Here’s a fabulous 4-minute video, French Guy Cooking, about making a true French onion soup. Here’s a 3-minute video on growing onions from seed. 

FunFacts about Onions: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The onion, also known as the bulb onion or common onion, is a vegetable that is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Allium. Its close relatives include the garlic, leek, chive, and Chinese onion. The onion plant has a fan of hollow, bluish-green leaves and its bulb at the base of the plant begins to swell when a certain day-length is reached. The bulbs are composed of shortened, compressed, underground stems surrounded by fleshy modified scale (leaves) that envelop a central bud at the tip of the stem. In the autumn (or in spring, in the case of overwintering onions), the foliage dies down and the outer layers of the bulb become dry and brittle. The crop is harvested and dried and the onions are ready for use or storage. (Source)
  • The onion has been in cultivation for about 7000 years.
  • The wild onion has been extinct for a long time.
  • As a food source, the onion dates back several millennia in China, Egypt and Persia.
  • Egyptians revered the onion. They saw the concentric circles as symbols of eternal life.
  • The Romans believed onions could heal eye problems, dog bites, dysentery and insomnia.
  • Yellow onions turn a rich dark brown when caramelized and give French onion soup its special flavor.
  • Onion powder is made from finely ground dehydrated onions.
  • Pickled onions are eaten as a snack around the world.
  • Onions are toxic to dogs and cats.
  • When planting, onions like well-drained, fertile soil.
  • China and India together produce nearly half the world’s supply of onions.

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34 thoughts on “Onions

  1. I love onions. I can’t imagine a hamburger or pizza without onions. in fact there’s a lot of foods that I like onions on.

  2. The smell of onions cooking on the BBQ pretty much smells like summer. I don’t like raw onions at all.

    I do know that onions have all kinds of benefits.

  3. I love onions! I use onions in a lot of my food I’m cooking plus I love them on hamburgers. I enjoyed watching the videos, I might try the French onion soup.

    • Becky,
      The video featuring the French Guy felt like the real deal. I’d like to try making the soup as well!

      Caris,
      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  4. Onions, a must staple in my house. I love onions, raw and cooked. Anytime there is a family gathering, raw onions must be present, to be put in any type of bean or eaten raw with the meal. Sweet onions or Vidalia onions are good for eating raw. They are not so strong and the odor is not so strong. You can cut up a Vidalia onion with not a tear in sight.

  5. Just think how uninteresting and bland our foods would be without the addition of onions!

  6. I love onion. It is something that is kept on hand for cooking or raw. It has such great flavor and pairs well with many things.

  7. I love onions cooked and in food. Not a fan of raw onions. My Dad used to eat raw onion and Liederkranz cheese sandwiches. I loved fried onions and mushrooms with my steaks-YUM! AZ

  8. I really like onions. The French guy was hilarious.! I too like onions on sandwiches especially bologna & mustard. I like the sweet taste they ha e when cooked. But onions are a old folk remedy from where I’m from. I was always sickly and if we got bad chest colds my momma would get up a chopped onion & place it in a cloth bag . She then pinned it to our pjs and we slept with it on. You stink to high heaven but it seemed to work. I slept really well when I had one on. I’m sure the heat from it helped somehow. Sounds weird I know but it worked 🙂

  9. I love onions and keep a bag on my counter at all times. I use them in soups, sliced with cornbread, cooking pot roast and spaghetti sauce. I love the pictures of them still growing

  10. I love onions but they have to be well cooked or my tummy can’t handle them. I love sautéing onions with peppers and serving them with sausages. Yummy! My favorite picture is of them poking out of the dirt. That’s real! I’m from Fort Myers, Florida.

  11. I love onions but they don’t always love me. My sister has given me a french onion soup that she says is awesome, but I have to go buy the booze it needs before I make it. Kind of wonder if that isn’t what creates the awesome, lol!
    Thanks so much for your blogs. They are always informative and I’ve learned so much from them.

  12. Love onions. I can eat onions on just about anything. My husband calls me “my little vidalia”. A vidalia is a very sweet onion that is grown in Vidalia. GA.

  13. Great Pictures! These pictures reminded me of my grandfather who always planted onions in his garden because he loved them pickled.

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