People have been eating onions since prehistoric times.
How to Select
Choose onions that are firm and dry with bright, smooth outer skins.
How to Store
Before storage, onions should be dry, with papery skin and shriveled roots. Store whole onions in a cool, dark, well ventilated place for use within 4 weeks. Refrigerate cut onions in a tightly sealed container for use within 2-3 days. Discard, or trim and cook, any bruised onions. Long term: Braid and hang upside-down, store in bags with some holes for ventilation in cold, dry place at 32-40 degrees. Can last up to 8 months. Do not freeze.
How to Prepare
Rinse. Trim off ends. Remove dry, papery skin. Cut in half. Peel away thick outer layer. Chop or slice. Eat raw: Sweet and red onions are milder and can be added to salads and sandwiches. Eat cooked: Yellow and white onions are stronger and great for cooking. Sauté, stir-fry, microwave, steam, boil, or braise. Add to soups, sauces, casseroles, dips, and vegetable, pasta, rice, and meat dishes.
Recipes with this Vegetable
This Southern inspired dish is traditionally eaten at New Years and thought to bring a year of prosper and good luck. This Hoppin' John recipe is not only lucky, but also nutritious and tasty any day of the year!