Did you know that onions are believed to be one of the oldest cultivated vegetables? This is due to them being less perishable than other foods and easy to transport. Part of the onion’s popularity throughout the centuries is its versatility; they are easy to grow on a variety of soils and in any type of weather, and they are sustainable as they can be dried, stored and preserved during winter.
The onion has been used throughout history for a variety of reasons, primarily for cooking, but also as remedies for a number of illnesses. Even today onions are still considered a modern day ‘healer’. Have you tried putting a sliced onion under your pillow to help with insomnia? Or sleeping with a slice of onion on your feet to help you when you are feeling under the weather? Even using onion peel to make tea can be great to boost your immune system and help fight sore throats.
Typically, one onion is around 40-45 calories depending on its size. Onions boast a number of health benefits and are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium and B vitamins (B9 and B6). They contain antioxidants and compounds that fight inflammation, decrease triglycerides and reduce cholesterol levels — all of which may lower heart disease risk. In addition, their potent anti-inflammatory properties may also help reduce high blood pressure and protect against blood clots.
There are over 20 different types of onions, from the common yellow (brown), red and white onions, to scallions, shallots and the torpedo (found in Italy). Leeks and chives are also part of the onion family. Onions are generally easy to grow, planted around early Spring and harvested from July to September.
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