The name onion comes from the Latin, “unio” via the French “oignon” and the English “unyun.” The onion plant belongs to the same family as the narcissus. Onions and garlic have been cultivated for 6,000 years and have been credited with everything from making hair grow on bald heads to giving valor to the troops of Alexander the Great.
Care and Handling
Ideal Storage Temperature: 34° -36°F. 90-95% relative humidity. Refrigerate immediately after receiving. Ice bulb end of onions only during storage and to help maintain freshness.
- Good quality green onions should be crisp with fresh, tender green tops, and showing 2-3 inches of white above a slightly bulb.
- Use the stem end of a green onion as a “brush” to apply marinade to food on the grill.
Did You Know?
Onions are the vegetable which gave Chicago its name since the Chippewa Indians found these “she-gau-ga-winshe” growing at the site of the modern day city.