26 Jun '11, 2am

Onions 101

Onions 101

When you peel an onion , you find fabulous flavor and nutrients that help your body ward off inflammation , fight chronic disease and regulate blood sugar. Food Basics There are hundreds of varieties of onions whose flavor and strength depend on the type of soil and time of year in which they grow. In general, the thicker the layers of onion, the stronger the flavor. Onions are separated into two main categories: fresh onions and storage (or “dry”) onions. Fresh onions arrive in spring and summer, and you should store them in the refrigerator and eat them soon after harvesting. Examples include green onions (or scallions), and “sweet onions,” like Maui, Vidalia and Walla Walla. When selecting green onions, look for those that appear crisp yet tender and have green, fresh-looking tops. Sweet onions should be firm and heavy with water. Storage onions are harvested in fall an...

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