Fun Facts about the Onion
- Organic onion cultivation is believed to have begun in Asia around 3500 B.C.
- Wild onions grow on nearly every continent.
- Onions are one of the few vegetables that can easily be stored for the winter. As such, the onion's popularity quickly spread to many cultures.
- The onion was worshipped by ancient Egyptians. They believed that its spherical shape and concentric rings symbolized eternity.
- In old English folklore, the thickness of an onion skin can help predict the severity of the winter. A Thin skin predicts a mild winter while a thick skin indicates a rough winter is coming.
- Sulfuric compounds in the onion is what makes your eyes tear when cutting onions. To cut down on the crying, chill the onion and cut into the root end of the onion last. You can also run water while cutting an onion or wear swimming goggles
- Eating fresh parsley can get rid of "onion breath."