Onions have a flavorful history. They have been around for thousands of years, and in many cultures were used as health remedies from healing blisters and boils, to anti-inflammatory aids with antioxidant properties. We’ll look more closely at these aspects as we continue in these articles.
Bulbs from the onion family have been a food source for thousands of years in many cultures. Some believe they originated either in Central Asia or Iran and West Pakistan. Traces of onion remains were found along with fig remains that archeologists believe date back to 5,000 B.C. Even in the book of Numbers in the Bible, cultivation of onions, leeks, and garlic is mentioned before the Exodus (Number 11:5). Not surprising then that ancient Egyptians worshipped the onion, believing its shape and rings symbolized eternal life. When Ramesses IV was buried, onion traces were found in his eye sockets. Other research confirms that onions were grown in Chinese gardens, in Egypt, in Greece, and also used by the Romans.
No matter how you slice it, the onion provides many vitamins and minerals as well as a zest to salads and various food dishes. Its’ flavorful history enhances onion’s healthy qualities, so enjoy them whenever you can.
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