Onions – Not Just for Breakfast Anymore


Onions have been around for just about forever dating back to before Roman times. I know they are one of the oldest cultivated plants in existence. I like them for a couple of reasons; they taste good on hamburgers and they often hang out in the garden long after other crops have bolted or withered away. Every spring season, they are among the very first to be planted in my garden, usually in the form of onion sets. After just a few weeks, they send a set of slender green stalks that, if harvested soon thereafter, are called green or spring onions. I love to dice these up and add them to my salads. Later in the season, assuming you have thinned them to stand a few inches apart, you may see them bulb up into regular onions that can be pulled, air dried (cured) and then used throughout the fall.

Did you know that the regular consumption of onions has been shown to lower high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure? Two problems common to many of us. I’m told these beneficial effects are likely due to onions’ sulfur compounds, its chromium and its vitamin B6. The studies are still on-going but early results have been very encouraging. Now if I could just figure out what to do about my bad breath!

About forsythkid

I am just a simple man with a head full of sand who currently resides in a small town called Forsyth Missouri. I enjoy blogging and politics. I received my degree from SIU majoring in Biology in 1972 and still maintain a great interest in the study of all living things. My hobbies include meteorology and inhabiting cyberspace whenever possible.
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