A Short History Of Onions
Onions originated in Asia and have been cultivated in many countries for over 5,000 years.
The Egyptians associated them with eternity, and they were entombed alongside the Pharaohs.
The Romans believed the onion could improve vision, help sleep, heal mouth sores, dog bites, toothaches, and dysentery.
Greek athletes consumed them before their competitions.
One of the first cookbooks that was written around 2500 years ago contained a great many onion recipes.
The three main foods consumed in Europe during the Middle Ages were beans, cabbage, and onions.
Know Your Onions
There are many different varieties of onion, red, yellow, white, and green, and each has its own unique flavor, which varies from very strong to mildly sweet.
They can be eaten raw, cooked, fried, dried or roasted, and they are commonly used to flavor dips, salads, soups, spreads, stir-fries and other dishes.
It might come as somewhat surprising, but onions, garlic, leeks, chives, scallions and shallots all belong to the lily family.