Discover: Red Onions

Red onions are one of my favourite vegetables as this humble vegetable has many health benefits. It’s also at home in so many dishes, it can be hard to put down sometimes! From delicious chutneys, to adding a new flavour to a stir-fry, I absolutely love red onions!

Red Onion History

  • The three main types of red onion are from Romania, Italy and the USA.
  • In the 19th century it is claimed that 2 red onions were used to dye eggs.
  • The Red Onion is mentioned in the bible as being introduced to Italy by the Greeks
  • Between 700 and 800 BC travellers to the Italian coast frequently spoke of red onions as it was widely produced in the area at this time.

Red Onion Nutrition

  • They are low in calories and fat yet they add a great flavour to savoury recipes and can be used to bulk out dishes
  • Although all onions have nutritional appeal, red onions have a higher concentration of flavonoids in the outer layers, which, according to a Cornell study, can help reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
  • Red onions also contain the brain-boosting flavonol quercetin, which helps keep your memory in tip-top shape.
  • They are anti-fungal, antibacterial, packed with vitamin C and play a role in maintaining healthy bones.

Red Onion Tips

If you are cooking with red onions, make sure you don’t over-peel your onion. Since the majority of the flavonoids in red onions are in the fleshy outer layers, try to retain as much of the outer layer as you can. Also make sure you keep your onions away from heat and bright lights. Store them in a well-ventilated area to retain as much of their goodness as possible.

Red Onion Recipes

Find all my recipes for Red Onion here: http://mahindriskill.com/ingredient/red-onion/

Enjoy,

Mahin

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