Plant sprouting onions gives a wonderful crop of delicious greens that will make a dull salad just a little more interesting.
Don’t throw away your onions when they start sprouting; dig a small hole in the garden, add some compost and plant your onion. Within a few weeks it will start producing long green shoots that you can snip off and add to your salads and stews.
"First, take an onion, and then make something that will warm the soul."
- ancient soup recipe, over 6,000 years old
I can’t think of anyone who would disagree with that sentiment. It is the
one vegetable that almost everybody enjoys and uses in their cooking,
and for good reason; we just need more of them. The flavour added to a
soup or stew is amazing; even more important are the health benefits.
The onion family in general contains an amazing array of phytochemicals that researchers are busy testing with very interesting results; it is particularly rich in three of them, allium, quercetin and kaempferol. They not only make your eyes water, but strong research in peer review journals like Mini Rev Med Chem convincingly show the protective effect of these flavonoids on human well-being.
Listed are astonishing proofs of how people who enjoy adequate quantities of onions have less tumours and cardiovascular diseases, protection against neurological sicknesses, and a host of others. This I suspect is even more true of the greens that onions produce.
Onions are known in nutritional jargon as functional foods; they help prevent disease and simultaneously enhance health. That is why folk who eat eight or more coloured fruit and vegetables every day have a 35% lower all cause of death; that is simply extraordinary. The meat and potatoes diet should have gone out years ago, along with B&W television; it’s time to upgrade to colour!
I don’t know about you, but by the time we reach the bottom of a pocket of onions, there always seem to be a few that are going soft and sprouting. If you plant them instead of sending them to the dump, you will be surprised within a few months what a thriving patch you will have.
Snip a few leaves for your salad, and more for your stews; they add a rich flavour, improve your well-being, and reduce your reliance on bought onions; it is so easy.
Nearly a third of all food grown for human consumption is dumped in one way or another; it is a crime against humanity and the Earth. Don’t dump those sprouting onions; just plant them.
In short, we need to make sure we are enjoying onions and leeks, garlic and shallots, and don’t forget the chives on a regular basis; they taste of heaven in any case, and it is so easy to add them to your daily fare, raw or cooked.
For a different slant knowing how onions grow will give you a better understanding of these wonderful vegetables.
Plant sprouting onions is so successful in the larger garden.
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