Information On Onions

Common globe onion is the best known of this aromatic tribe. Spring onions are any variety that is pulled when just beginning to bulb. Tree onion forms a basal bulb, while the flowers are replaced by a cluster of small bulbils that weigh the stalk to the ground, allowing the bulbils to take root. Potato varieties forms a large cluster of plump smallish vegetables at the base. Shallots (eschallots or scallions) form an above ground bulb that splits to form a cluster of bulbs with a delicate flavour. Chinese onion is an Asian species cultivated for its crisp textured bulbs, which are popularly used raw, pickled or cooked. Nodding onion is a North American perennial with an intense onion flavour. Canada onion forms crisp white bulbs and has deliciously onion-scented foliage. Milder flavoured leeks originate from the Mediterranean. Garlic leek is perennial and develops a large basal bulb, which splits into several cloves. Poor man’s leek grows in the same manner as leeks, but has hollow leaves. The plant divides at the base, forming a perennial clump. Ramps form scallion like onion and garlic tasting bulbs.

red onions
red onions

Onions requires a well tilled and weed free soil, good drainage and a sunny position. Plant onions by seed. In areas with a short growing season, grow them to the size of bulbils or sets, in their first season, then plant them out to mature in the second season. Regular weeding is essential and do not over water. Harvest globe onions at any stage. When onions have stopped growing, the tops fall over and wither. Choose a sunny day to pick onions and store in a dry, well ventilated area to prevent fungal rot.

information sourced from The Complete Book of Herbs

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  1. I LOVE onions.. so this was such an informative and great article for me to read. Thanks for posting this Tandy 🙂

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    1. my pleasure Kay 🙂

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  2. Mmm, onions. I’m not a huge fan of the raw version, but hand me a plate of caramelized onions and I will eat them all!

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    1. me too for sure!

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  3. Hi Tandy…all very interesting.
    I put onions(and garlic) in most everything…much to the disgust of the grandkids.

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    1. I also use a lot of garlic and onions! At least that way, there is more food for you 🙂

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  4. I need to plant these one year!

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    1. It means never running out of onions!

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  5. I just got a big bunch of green onions in the CSA share from Saturday, I’m putting them in EVERYTHING! 🙂

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    1. wow, that is amazing – please post a pic of them 🙂

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  6. Onions are an essential in my kitchen. I love the availability of all the different types here. I could never find shallots on SA. Interesting onion post, Tandy. 😉

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    1. I find shallots at Woolies, and the local farm produces some different varieties but nothing like what you get there AD 🙂

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  7. Love onions and always have to have a minimum of 3 in stock – just in case.
    🙂 Mandy

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    1. me too Mandy!

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