Saturday, 28 September 2013

Saturday; praise;

It seems to be rather  unpoetical and unimportant to sing the praise of onions. Not at all are they ordinary, when they grow in tidy rows of purple and white with fresh  tubular green leaves, sweet and waiting to grace any salad to give it zest, taste and health.

The truth is I love onions in my cooking. Not the old, self peeling, bitter monsters laying in untidy heaps at the green grocer's, which make your eyes burn and  cry bitter tears over them...
 To prove this tale and song of the fresh garden onion...look at these beautiful, . purple, spanish  onions, fresh and appetizing. Ah, such a pleasure to go up into the kitchen garden and get one, fresher is not possible.

 here the purple.. the white ones..

...and here. Aren't they worth a bit of poetry?

What are onions good for?

The total polyphenol content of onions is much higher than many people expect. (Polyphenols are one of the largest categories of phytonutrients in food. This category includes all flavonoids as well as tannins.) The total polyphenol content of onion is not only higher than its fellow allium vegetables, garlic and leeks, but also higher than tomatoes, carrots, and  red capsicums.

Within the polyphenol category, onions are also surprisingly high in flavonoids. For example, onions rank in the top 10 of commonly eaten vegetables in their quercetin content. The flavonoid content of onions can vary widely, depending on the exact variety, growing conditions and freshness. 

When we get quercetin by eating an onion-rather than consuming the quercetin in purified, supplement form-we may end up getting better protection from oxidative stress.  In studies, the best protection came from the onion version of this flavonoid, rather than the supplement form.

With their unique combination of flavonoids and sulfur-containing nutrients, the allium vegetables—such as onions—belong in your diet on a regular basis. There's research evidence for including at least one serving of an allium vegetable—such as onions—in your meal plan every day.

©Titania-Everyday/Text/Photos my garden;


  1. Beautiful to be growing onions, we do eat them everyday, but have not thought of growing them as such, just have the shallots that I harvest a green top at a time for salads.

    1. Jan, fresh shallots are beautiful and do the trick as well. Onions and shallots have so many health benefits, people generally do not think about or recognize this fact, as they say I do not like onions, I do not eat onions. I could not imagine cooking without onions or shallots.

  2. I must try growing them. My little veggie patch is becoming more successful each year.

    1. dane, glad to hear, its a benefit for body and mind. You can get seed or seedlings at Bunnings, Very easy to grow.

  3. Onions are so good for us, although I just recently read not so much for dogs! Yikes, mine have been eating them for years...but I'm going change that! When I can, but I cook everything (well except cakes and sugary type things) so they'll still get some. Your photos here are just simple stunning and these onions are worthy of being shared! Very, very nice. (I treat myself to green onions straight from my garden as a treat when I'm watering the garden, is that silly?!

  4. Karen, thank you so much for your comment, No, not at all silly, its what we did when we were still roaming the woods. we have left so much behind and people consume to much processed food with to many additives. Remember as children, also my grandchildren always liked to go into the garden and eat everything fresh, raw. So good for you for body and mind. Good on you Karen.