“Common onions are normally available in three colours: yellow, red, and white. Yellow onions, also called brown onions, are full-flavoured and are the onions of choice for everyday use. Yellow onions turn a rich, dark brown when caramelized and give French onion soup its sweet flavour. The red onion is a good choice for fresh use when its colour livens up the dish. It is also used in grilling and char-broiling. White onions are the traditional onions that are used in classic Mexican cuisine. They have a golden colour when cooked and a particularly sweet flavour when sautéed.”
“Let first the onion flourish there,
Rose among roots, the maiden-fair,
Wine scented and poetic soul,
Of the capacious salad bowl.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
“The onion is easily propagated, transported and stored. The ancient Egyptians worshipped it, believing its spherical shape and concentric rings symbolized eternal life. Onions were even used in Egyptian burials, as evidenced by onion traces being found in the eye sockets of Ramesses IV.”
“In ancient Greece, athletes ate large quantities of onion because it was believed to lighten the balance of the blood. Roman gladiators were rubbed down with onions to firm up their muscles. In the Middle Ages, onions were such an important food that people would pay their rent with onions, and even give them as gifts. Doctors were known to prescribe onions to facilitate bowel movements and erections, and to relieve headaches, coughs, snakebite and hair loss,”
“In the United States, one of the most prominent cultivars of red onion was grown in Wethersfield, Connecticut, the major source of onions for New England until the late 1800s.”
“Bulbs from the onion family are thought to have been used as a food source for millennia. In Bronze Age settlements, traces of onion remains were found alongside date stones and fig remains that date back to 5000 BC.”
It occurred to me that, if I wanted to photograph the onion, it would be wise to to do so before we cooked the hamburgers.
I had planned to photograph this onion later in the week. When my partner indicated that it was to become part of tonights dinner I was forced into action.
I saw this at the grocery and couldn’t pass it by.
I was casting about for a subject this afternoon and came across this onion. It struck me as somehow “noble” and deserving of “capture” before being added to the soup.