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Onion Uses & Onion Trivia For National Onion Day

Onion Types For National Onion Day
[1] The three main types of onions: red, white, and yellow. But that’s just a start. Here are the different types of onions (photo © National Onion Association).

Hot Dog With Onions For National Onion Day
[2] A hot dog with raw onions, cilantro, and melted Swiss cheese (photo © Murrays Cheese).

Enjoy Fried Onion Rings For National Onion Ring Day
[3] Beer-batter onion rings wih horseradish dipping sauce. Here’s the recipe (photo © QVC).

Potato & Caramelized Onion Pizza Recipe For National Onion Day
[4] A caramelized onion, potato and Gruyère pizza with rosemary. Here’s the recipe (photo © Domestic Gothess).


We’ve got onion uses and onion trivia for June 27th, National Onion Day. Onions are a vegetable we may not think a whole lot about. But Americans eat an average of 20-21 pounds per year.

“It’s hard to imagine civilization without onions,” quoth Julia Child. How do we enjoy them?

  • Baked, grilled, roasted, stir-fried
  • Burgers, sandwiches
  • Focaccia, flatbreads
  • Fried, including fried onion rings
  • Garnish: caramelized, raw, sautéed
  • Guacamole and salsa
  • Onion dip
  • Onion quiche and tarts
  • Omelets
  • Pickled
  • Pizza, especially the SMOG (sausage, mushrooms, onions, green bell pepper)
  • Relish, jam
  • Salad: green, egg, potato, tuna, etc
  • Soups, stews, casseroles, etc.
  • Vinaigrette
    Here’s a recipe you may not have made before, but it couldn’t be easier: Baked Onions.

    > The different types of onions and when to use which type.

    > The history of onions.

    And now…

    Why do onions make you cry?

    Sulfuric compounds are released when the cells of the onion’s flesh are cut. To cut down on the crying, chill the onion and cut into the root end of the onion last. Our special tip: Wear swim goggles when cutting onions! The reason sweet onions don’t make you cry is because there’s little sulphur in the soil where they’re grown.

    One medium onion contains how many calories?

    Just 45 calories. A one-cup serving of raw onions contains 64 calories.

    What cocktail is garnished with an onion?

    The Gibson is garnished with a pickled pearl onion, called a cocktail onion. According to The Webtender, these lesser-known cocktails are also garnished with a cocktail onion: Gent Of The Jury, Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster #2, Patton Martini, and the Yellow Rattler.

    What should you eat to get rid of onion breath?

    Chew on parsley.

    What city was known as The Big Onion?

    Before it was known as the Big Apple, New York City was called the Big Onion because it was “a place from which you could peel off layer after layer without ever reaching the core” [source]. However, Chicago is more rightly called called the Big Onion: “Chicago” is the French interpretation of the local Miami-Illinois Nation’s word shikaakwa, which means “stinky Onion” after garlic (not onion) plant that grew along the Chicago River [source].

    More Onion Trivia

  • In addition to red, white, and yellow onions, other embers of the onion family include chives, garlic, leeks, and shallots.
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest onion ever grown, in Sildsen, England, weighed 10 pounds 14 ounces.
  • In modern homeopathy, onion is used to treat asthma, bronchitis, and gastrointestinal disorders. In the Middle Ages, onions were prescribed for hair loss, headaches, and snakebites.
  • In the Middle Ages, onions could be used as currency, to pay for rent payments. They were also given as wedding gifts.
  • Yellow onions comprise more than 75% of the world’s production of onions.
  • The official state vegetable of Georgia is the Vidalia onion.
  • The official state vegetable of Texas is the Texas Sweet onion.
    We close with an old English rhyme:

    “Onion skins very thin, Mild winter coming in. Onion skins very tough, Coming winter very rough.”

    Trivia is courtesy of the National Onion Association.





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