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The lowly onion has a ton of uses. Did you know that it’s the only basic ingredient
found in every single solitary cuisine around the world? It adds a wonderful flavor
and a pungent aroma to every recipe it’s in.

When you buy onions, be sure to look for firm onions that are free of cuts and
blemishes.
The lowly onion has a ton of uses. Did you know that it’s the only basic ingredient
found in every single solitary cuisine around the world? It adds a wonderful flavor
and a pungent aroma to every recipe it’s in.

When you buy onions, be sure to look for firm onions that are free of cuts and
blemishes.

Types of Onions
There are two main classifications of onions: the green onion (or scallion) and the
dry onion.

Green onions are often eaten raw on salads or used as a garnish.
The dry onions have a juicy flesh and are covered with a dry papery skin. They
come in a wide range of sizes, shapes and flavors.

If a recipe just says “chopped onions” buy the “yellow”onions. 88% of all onions
eaten are the yellow onion. (It’s not the most original name but it certainly is
descriptive!)
Another type of yellow onion is the Vidalia onion which is the sweetest and juiciest
of them all.
It looks just like a regular yellow onion, but tastes quite different from the
all-purpose onion. Look out for the sign at the grocery store.

Red or purple onions, another example of the dry onion, are often eaten raw or on
salads and hamburgers.
They have a vibrant color and tend to be a bit sweeter than the yellow onion.

Storing Onions
Onions can last for several weeks (if not months) without compromising their taste
or nutritional value. However, you must be sure to store them in a cool, dry, well-
ventilated place.

Once you cut an onion, wrap whatever portion you don’t use in plastic wrap, and
put it in the refrigerator. It will keep about 4 days.

I’m Not Really Crying: How to Prevent Crying When Cutting Onions
Some onions make you cry like a baby, others seem to have no effect on your
eyes.

Unfortunately, you can’t tell in advance which is which, just from looking at the
onion. You just have to cut into it and hope for the best.

Peeling the onion under running water can help a little if the onion is really
bothering your eyes

You could also try freezing the whole onion for about 20 minutes before you cut
into it. That always works for me!

An Onion A Day?
Americans eat on average about 19 pounds of onions per year. Yikes! That’s a lot
of onions - but not compared to the onion consumption of many other countries
around the world!

As Julia Child once said: “It’s hard to imagine a civilization without onions.”
JANUARY 2010 EDITION - Updated Weekly