- Onion Basic Info.
- Onion Botanical Description.
- Onion Classification.
- Onion and History.
- Onions:Archeology and Registration.
- Onions and Phytochemicals.
- Onion Nutritional Analysis.
- Modern Research Update:Health Benefits.
- FAQ:Frequently Asked Questions of Onion.
- Onion Handlings:How to Select,Prepare,Store Onions?.
- Onion Trivia and Onion Cooking.
- Research Update:Allium cepa or common onion.
FAQ:Frequently Asked Questions of Onion.:
What about it?
Onions are in the Amaryllis family with garlic, leeks, and shallots. Onions and shallots have rounded, cylindrical shaped leaves while garlic and leeks have flattened leaves. The scales of the onion bulb are actually modified leaves that provide protection from water loss. Onions come in red, purple, brown, white, and yellow varieties. There are some well known sweet varieties such as 'Vidalia' and 'Walla Walla'.
What is it used for?
The bulb is the edible part of the onion plant. However, you can harvest the plant earlier in the season to use as scallions. Scallions are the "green onions" or leaves of the onion plant called for in some recipes.
Where does it grow? How do we grow it?
Onions like fertile, well-drained soil. Weeding is the big thing when it comes to growing onions. Their small tufts of leaves have difficulty compering with other garden strays. Keep their area clear so that they can get plenty of sunshine.
What are its primary problems?
Onions typically are not bothered by many pests. Sometimes an encounter with an onion maggot or thrips may be troublesome.
How do we propagate it?
Start onion plants indoors 2-3 months before the last frost date. If you are feeling adventuresome you can sow the seeds d i rectly into the soil as soon as the soil can be worked. Set transplants into the ground at 4 inch intervals. If you want bigger onions leave 6 inches in between plants.
Direct seeded onions should be thinned. If you are growing bulb onions, space them 4 inches apart; scallions need 1-2 inches.
How do we harvest and store it?
Onion leaves will signal when the plants are ready for harvest. When the leaves fall over, give the plant 10 more days and then harvest. Dig onions out of the ground rather than trying to pull them out.
Onions need to be cured after harvesting to reduce the chance of infection. Curing requires storing onions at 75-80 degrees for 2 weeks, or until the outer skin layers have become opaque and dry. After storing, the leaves can be cut, and onions can be refrigerated for several months or more.
World onion production is estimated at approximately 105 billion pounds each year. The average annual onion consumption calculates to approximately 13.67 pounds of onions per person across the world. Libya has the highest consumption of onions with an astounding average per capita consumption of 66.8 pounds.
What compound in onions brings tears to your eyes?
Sulfuric compounds. To cut down on the crying, chill the onion and cut into the root end of the onion last.
How many pounds of fresh and storage type onions does the average American eat per year? 19 pounds.
How many truck loads of onions are consumed each day? Nearly 380 semi-truck loads.
What country boasts the highest per capita consumption of onions? Libya, with 66.8 pounds of onions consumed per person each year.
How many calories are in a serving of onions? 30 calories.
What are the three colors of onions sold in most grocery stores? Yellow, red, and white.
How many acres of onions are planted in the United States each year? 145,000 acres.
How many onion farmers are there in the United States? About 1,000.
What cocktail is traditionally garnished with a pearl onion?
The Gibson. According to the Webtender (online bartender), the Gent of the Jury, Patton Martini, Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster #2 and the Yellow Rattler also call for a cocktail onion.
According to an old English Rhyme, the thickness of an onion skin can help predict what?
The severity of the winter. Thin skins mean a mild winter is coming while thick skins indicate a rough winter ahead.
Where are specialty sweet onions grown?
Gentle, sweet onions are grown in several parts of the United States including Arizona (The Grand Canyon Sweet), California (Sweet Imperials), Georgia (Vidalia Sweets), Hawaii (Maui Sweets and Hawaiian Hula Sweets), New Mexico (Nu-Mex Sweets), Texas (Texas Spring Sweets, 1015s and Super Sweets) and Washington (Walla Walla Sweets).
What should you eat to get rid of onion breath?
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, how much did the largest onion ever grown weigh?
10 pounds 14 ounces. It was grown by V. Throup of Silsden, England.
What Beatles song has "onion" in its title? Glass Onion. (The White Album)
In what famous story was the Seven-of-Spades threatened to be beheaded for bringing the cook tulip-roots instead of onions? Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
What should I look for when purchasing onions? When purchasing onions, look for dry outer skins free of spots or blemished. The onion should be heavy for its size with no scent.
How can I reduce tearing when cutting an onion? Reduce tearing when cutting onions by first chilling the onions for 30 minutes. Cut off the top and peel the outer layers leaving the root end intact. (The root end has the largest concentration of sulphuric compounds that make your eyes tear.)
How do I remove the smell of onions from my hands? Remove the smell of onions from your hands or cooking equipment by rubbing them with lemon juice (or salt, if the pots or pans are made of aluminum, cast iron, or carbon-steel).
Why do my onions taste bitter after sauteing? High heat makes onions bitter. When sauteing onions, always use low or medium heat.
How can I cut the pungency of an onion? When using yellow storage onions raw, to reduce pungency, sharpness and aftertaste, trim them and remove skin. Slice, chop or dice onion and drop into a bowl of ice water to stand for 1 1/2 hours before draining. If time is at a premium, chop, dice or finely slice onion and place in strainer or sieve. Run water through onions for at least a minute.
How many cups will 1 medium onion yield? One medium onion equals about 1 cup chopped onion.
Do the different colors of onions taste different? Yellow onions are full-flavored and are a reliable standby for cooking almost anything. Yellow onions turn a rich, dark brown when cooked and give French Onion Soup its tangy sweet flavor. The red onion, with its wonderful color, is a good choice for fresh uses or in grilling and charbroiling. White onions are the traditional onion used in classic Mexican cuisine. They have a golden color and sweet flavor when sauteed.
Are onions healthy for you? Onions not only provide flavor -- they also provide health-promoting phytochemicals as well as nutrients. Research shows that onions may help guard against many chronic diseases. That's probably because onions contain generous amounts of a flavonoid called quercetin. Other sources are tea and apples, but research shows that absorption of quercetin from onions is twice that from tea and more than three times that from apples. Studies have shown that quercetin protects against cataracts, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. In addition, onions contain a variety of other naturally occurring chemicals known as organosulfur compounds that have been linked to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Onions are low in calories yet add abundant flavor to a wide variety of foods.
How many calories are in onions? With only 30 calories per serving, onions are sodium, fat, and cholesterol free, and provide dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, and other key nutrients.
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