There are conflicting reports on the history of onions, some researchers believe onions originated in central Asia, while others suggest onions were first grown in Iran and West Pakistan.
The history of Onions is very rich with numerous documented evidence of its variety of uses by varying populations
It is widely agreed that that onions were cultivated 5.500 years ago or more. They are one of the least perishable crops and may have been one of the earliest crops to be cultivated they can be grown in a variety of soils and climates.
Onions were not only important as a food but were also used in medicine, mummification and art.onions grew in China, Egypt, and Sumeria,
The medicinal uses of onions was recorded as early as the first century AD by the Greek physician Dioscorides, the Greeks also used onions to enhance athletic performance.
During the middle ages onions the three main the three main vegetables of European cooking were onions, beans and cabbage
You will always find a bowl of onions in my kitchen, If there are no onions they will be leeks, shallots or scallions; they are probably the most widely used vegetable when cooking. I cannot think of a single meal I create without the use of onions.
Onions are one of if not the most important vegetable for any chef. they not only provide flavor but also contain calcium.iron vitamin c, folic acid and a good dietary fiber. They contain the very important flavanoid quercetin
Onions are part of the garlic, sleeks, chives and scallions family. they all have important health benefits; here comes the familiar story, onions have been recognized for their medicinal properties since ancient times. There were then used for mouth sores, headaches and heart disease
Onions are low in calories but high in vitamins, mineral and fiber and calories.
Vitamins C,B9, B6
Loaded with antioxidants
May Boost heart health may reduce heart disease (quercetin)
may reduce cholesterol levels
Loaded with antioxidants compounds that fight inflammation and reduce triglyceride ;red onions especially
Potent anti inflammatory properties, may help reduce high blood pressure and protect against blood clots ( High concentration of Quercetin; along with sulfur compounds posses anti diabetic effects)
may protect against certain types of cancer and diabetes( red onions are important)
Helps control blood sugar
May help reduce high blood pressure
May help support strong bones ( may prevent osteoporosis and boost bone density.
Can help fight potentially dangerous bacteria( Quercetin again very instrumental)
Have antibacterial properties ( Quercetin of mark significance)
Onions can inhibit harmful bacteria
May boost digestive health -a rich source of fiber and prebiotics
We have shown that certain ingredients can help the absorption of vital nutrients, in this case, foods rich in probiotics may help to absorb an important mineral, namely calcium, as does black pepper with circumin.
I am sure onions are a must in most kitchens, knowing the health benefits can create a healthy appreciation for their consumption. Raw onions on salads and sandwiches are very much a part of my light diets.
Unless you are allergic t0 onions or have a strong dislike for onions, there is no excuse for not enjoying the health benefits of onions and with great pleasure.
More information on onions can be researched on- vegetable facts.net or all about onions on- onions-usa.org- or just google the health benefits of onions.
PS. Hand carved hearts by the author