Onion (Allium cepa)
The onion is a native of west-central Asia has been cultivated since prehistoric times. They were believed to have curative powers by the ancient Babylonians, Greeks, and Egyptians. Indeed, onions, garlic and chickpeas reportedly made up the bulk of the food ration given to the 100,000 laborers of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Onions' internal layers were considered a symbol of eternity-an idea espoused by Russian architects, who constructed onion-shaped towers hoping to ensure that the buildings would stand forever. Onions are high in vitamin C.
- Bulb onions will store for several months in a cool, dry ventilated place. Warmth and moisture will cause sprouting.
- Store onion in the refrigerator in an air-tight container to avoid transference of flavors to other foods.
- Store chives or scallions wrapped in a damp towel or plastic bag in hydrator drawer of fridge for 2-3 days.