The amazing onion provides layers of flavor, color, and texture to a wide variety of dishes and cuisines. But, their appeal goes beyond flavor when you consider their role in history and our health.
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Bulb onions can be yellow, red, or white. Approximately 87 percent of the crop is devoted to yellow onion production, with about eight percent red onions, and five percent white onions.
- Yellow Onions are full-flavored and are a reliable standby for cooking almost anything. Yellow onions turn a rich, dark brown when cooked and give French Onion Soup its tangy sweet flavor.
- Red Onions, with their wonderful color, are a good choice for lots of fresh uses or for grilling, charbroiling, and roasting.
- White Onions are often used in prepared salads, white sauces, and is the traditional onion for classic Mexican cuisine. They have a golden color and sweet flavor when sautйed.
- Onions help improve your immunity.
- Onions contain chromium, which assists in regulating blood sugar.
- For centuries, onions have been used to reduce inflammation and heal infections.
- Do you enjoy sliced onions with your food? If yes, rejoice! Raw onion encourages the production of good cholesterol (HDL), thus keeping your heart healthy.
- A powerful compound called quercetin in onions is known to play a significant role in preventing cancer.
- Onions scavenge free radicals, thereby reducing your risk of developing gastric ulcers.
- Use an onion to clean your grill. Start by heating your grill very hot to burn off all of the extra grit and grime. Then, when the grill is off but still warm, rub the grill with a half-onion to loosen any detritus left on the metal.
- Store your onion in old nylons and they will last for six months. If you take a (clean) stocking and put your onion in it, tying a knot after each onion so that it is isolated from the others, your onions will last much longer than otherwise. This apparently works best with yellow onions, but will also work with other types.
- Use goggles or hold a slice of bread in your mouth to avoid crying while cutting onions. If you put a piece of bread in your mouth–sticking out from your mouth at a 90 degree angle, it will absorb the onion fumes enough to keep you from crying.
- Clean off oniony smell from hands with dry salt. Lemon juice is optional. If your hands smell of onion, you can use salt as an exfoliating scrub to remove the smell.