Tender Profile | Onions


Who Am I?

  • Botanical name/plant family: Allium cepa

  • Great source of: Vitamin C and Manganese

  • Harvest season: I am ready for harvest in the summer

Important growing practices: Buying organic is always a smart choice. Onions are naturally fairly pest resistant and do not require much pesticide use.

How to care for me:

Keep me in a cool, dark, dry place, away from potatoes. 

Flavor and Pairings:

I am well suited to be used raw on sandwiches and in salads, and add a crunchy zing. When I'm caramelized (cooked slowly for a long time until browned and sweet), I add a lovely flavor to pastas, sandwiches, quiche, salad dressing, and more. I am delicious sautéed, grilled, and baked as well. I am great with a wide variety of ingredients, including meats, cheeses, celery, chicory, mushrooms, curry, tropical fruits, honey, and cloves just to name a few.

Fun Facts:

  • The ancient Egyptians worshipped onions, because they believed that their spherical shape and layers symbolized eternity. There are even ancient onions that have been found buried in pharaohs' tombs!

  • In the Middle Ages, onions were accepted as a form of currency for paying rent and for goods and services (if only that were still true!)