Category: Garden Vegetable Plants
Facts about Onions. "Scientific name for Onion is Allium cepa". This vegetable is a staple of the kitchen. There is nearly no home that is without an onion. Onions are diverse vegetables that can be used in a variety of dishes. Though they may bring tears to your eyes, the onion is undeniably the most used additive to cooking. From cooking them to eating them, raw onions can be enjoyed at all times of the year by people of nearly all ethnic backgrounds.
There are several different colors of onion, the most common are yellow, white and red. A yellow onion is most often used in soups. When cooked it gives off a sweet and tangy flavor. A white onion, on the other hand, is sweet when cooked and can be sautéed, added to soups, or eaten raw in salads. The red onion is the best for grilling and roasting with, adding a delicious flavor to many types of meat. Growers all around the nation grow roughly 125,000 acres of just onions a year. You don’t have to be a commercial grower to grow onions, though. You can plant onions in well drain nitrogen rich soil that isn’t shaded by other plants. Plant as soon as the ground can be worked on, but be sure that it won’t get below 20 degrees. Only plant onions an inch (2,5 cm) under the soil.
In 2010, it was estimated that a person in the United States ate twenty pounds (9 kg) of onions a year, sauteed, caramelized or otherwise giving these plants a hearty flavor.
With the state of Washington churning out over a billion onions a year, it can be determined that they are the most versatile food in the average person’s kitchen. Those numbers are crazy considering there are less than 1000 onion farmers nationwide! Onions are used in almost every culture and are cooked in a wide variety of ways. Onions are a low-calorie food, it takes a whole cup of onions to get 64 calories. These plants are high in vitamins and minerals and are delicious. Onions are an excellent sources of sulphuric compounds, flavonoids, vitamin C and phytochemicals. Phytochemicals, or phytonutrients, are any of various biologically active compounds found in plants. Flavonoids are a large family class polyphenolic compounds synthesized by plant pigments that have a structure based on or similar to that of flavone.
Whether you’re planting your own onions or just need to make a quick salad, onions are found in nearly any kitchen. Onions are sold in mass, some individually, but the majority are in large bags, allowing people to get as many as they need all at once. Onions are necessary for any kitchen and can be added to nearly any meal.