One of the most versatile vegetables, used in many cuisines, and are easily grown. Native to southwestern Asia, onions are grown throughout the world. Onions are part of the genus Allium, alongside the garlic, leeks, scallions, chives, and shallots. In this article, we will share how to grow onions, the nutrients, and the health benefits that can be gained from adding this vegetable to your diet.
There are many varieties of onions, you will find yellow, red, and white onions, smaller, larger, stronger, weaker in taste, etc. If you want to grow your own organic onions, here are some varieties you should consider: ‘Walla Walla’, ‘Candy’, ‘Southport red globe’, and ‘White Sweet Spanish’.
How To Grow Onions
Plant onion sets outdoors from mid-late spring. Grow onions in small trenches or raised garden beds in the full sun or partial shade. Place the onion set and cover it so the tip is just showing in the soil. Onions prefer well-drained soil rich in organic matter such as compost or manure.
Water when the weather is dry, as dry soil can cause the onion to split, and wet soil can cause the onion to rot. Fertilisers are optional, but if you want the best results, feed with a balanced liquid fertiliser. Harvest onions in late summer-early august or when leaves start to turn yellow.
Nutrients And Health Benefits
Onions contain some beneficial nutrients such as vitamins A, C, and B-6, potassium, fibers, and other plant compounds. In addition, onions offer many health benefits such as blood sugar regulation, supports bone health, and can reduce the risk of cancer.
Onions are easy to add to your diet, they add texture and a delicious taste to your meals. Onions can be added into almost every dish, try adding onions to soups, noodles, pasta, sauces, and rice. Compliment meats with onions or add them to your favorite side dishes such as mashed potatoes, salads if the onion is raw. Dice up onions and chuck them into your favourite omelet combination, sandwiches, wraps, etc.