Saturday, January 11, 2014

info on onions

Most researchers agree the onion has been cultivated for 5000 years or more. 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. In Egypt, onions were considered to be an object of worship. The onion symbolized eternity to the Egyptians who buried onions along with their Pharaohs.
Onions vary in color, size, the time of year harvested, and flavor.
Bulb onions can be yellow, red, or white. Yellow or brown onions (called red in some European countries), are full-flavored and are the onions of choice for everyday use. Yellow onions turn a rich, dark brown when caramelized and give French onion soup its sweet flavor. The red onion (called purple in some European countries) is a good choice for fresh use when its color livens up the dish. White onions are the traditional onions that are used in classic Mexican cuisine. They have a golden color when cooked and a particularly sweet flavor when sauteed.
When chopped, onions produce a volatile, sulphur-rich oil that makes eyes water.

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