Our dear friend @lenasveganliving is hosting the FRUITS AND VEGGIES MONDAY COMPETITION, which is one of my favorite because I love fruits and vegetables as well. Today I brought you some onions from the garden. Fresh and organic of course.
The onion is an important ingredient, contributes savory flavor to our dishes without contributing significant caloric content. I would say there is no cooking without onions, not to mention that onions are needed for vegetable salads as well.
In this photo you can see the ones from the supermarket and below the home grown ones. Onions you can buy in the supermarkets are big or huge in some cases, round, almost perfect regarding their shape. The home grown ones are not so big, not so perfect, even ugly and deformed at times :)
Below I'm going to show you some photos from the garden I made the last couple of years during the onion season.
25th of June, 2017 - This is already grown, can be picked and eaten, however it's not ready yet to be stored for winter.
6sth of July, 2017 - Ready for consumption, still not ready to be stored for winter.
19th of July, 2017 - These are already cleaned and are drying during the day. This is just a part of the harvest, just the yellow ones, I guess it was three times this quantity we had last year. Did you know that yellow onions have the highest total flavonoid content? The flavonoid content of a yellow onion is 11 times higher than in white onions.
These photos were taken on the 12th of July, 2016. Red and yellow onions drying. I know, they are muddy, full of dirt but after a couple of days the external layer dries and it's pealed off.
The hardest part of the onion growing process is the planting, especially when we are talking about a large quantity. I'm doing that manually, alone every year :) I'm going to post about this once the gardening season starts. I'm going to document it with photos.
So it's not an easy job but it definitely worth it. This way there's onion for the whole family during winter times.