Savoury and pungent, a staple of so many dishes, unique in flavour and available all year round. Our tear inducing friend, the onion, has been cultivated for over 5000 years.
The unsung culinary heroes don't just animate food, they're a powerful superfood and once you appreciate their health benefits, it's difficult to do without them.
Onions provide plenty of vitamins, including calcium, potassium, vitamin C and folate while containing no cholesterol, zero fat and typically have less than 1g of sodium.
The compounds found in onions that promote health are separated by cell walls, much like those found in garlic. When onions are sliced, these cell walls are ruptured and the combination of these compounds produces a new compound, thiopropanal sulfoxide. Apart from mitigating diseases this substance is what makes us cry when we cut onions. The anti-cancer benefits in onions is believed to be derived from the sulphur compounds known as allyl sulfides, while the immune boosting properties come from a flavonoid, quercetin.
The Drift has been harvesting our crop of organic onions since mid-December. A period of cooler weather leading up to Christmas was like fairy dust for our pungent friends and we've managed three huge deliveries to our biggest buyer and there's more to come from our fields of organic onions.
Some interesting and useful onion trivia:
- The greatest nutritional value of onions is contained in the outer rings – don't over-peel or you'll be throwing away the most beneficial bits.
- The phytochemicals in onions bolster the working of Vitamin C in your body.
- The chromium found in onions helps regulate blood sugar.
- Onions encourage the production of good cholesterol to help keep your heart healthy.
- Onion juice provides immediate relief from bee stings.
- Onions scavenge free radicals, reducing your risk of developing gastric ulcers.
- Caramelising onions will spare your close encounters from the lingering essence of onions.
Like all our produce, our onions are organic, just good wholesome Overberg soil, sun and water and no pesticides! To learn more about our onions and produce, visit our organic produce page.
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