Gosh, I use a lot of onions. Good thing we grow them in our garden; otherwise, I don't think we could afford to buy as many as I use!
I refilled the bowl I keep on my kitchen counter this afternoon when I was preparing to make some spaghetti sauce for the freezer. Our supply of yellow onions is still hale and hearty, but darn and drat, these red ones pictured here are the very last of this summer's crop. Shoulda planted more. Obviously. And I only use the red ones in salads or as a topping for tacos or somewhere that the color will be appreciated to its fullest extent. My harvest of red onions this year was only a smidge over eight pounds so I shouldn't be surprised they aren't lasting far enough into the winter. At least I got some. There have been many years that they just haven't done well at all for me.
I know there are some people who simply can't tolerate onions in any shape, form or portion but we love them. And I'm glad because they are chock full of healthy benefits.
They contain a surprising amount of fiber which is good for all of us plus antimicrobial properties which are very good for the colon. They're effective against many bacteria including Salmonella and E. coli. Doesn't seem quite right that they often produce diarrhea in people who can't tolerate them.
Onions have many cardiovascular benefits reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels and diminishing the risk of blot clots.
They are also know to decrease bronchial spasms which means they would be good for you if you're suffering from a cough, cold or asthma. (Now I have a picture of someone with a terrible cold sitting with a Kleenex box in one hand and a gnawed onion in the other.)
There is some evidence that onions give protection against tumor growth and stomach cancers.
The stronger the onion, the more health producing properties. If that's true, all I can say is we must be heaped in good health because our onions this year are so strong when I peel and cut them that my sinuses frequently get a complete clean-out!
All in all, yay for the lowly onion.
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