Next time you use an onion, take a look at the beauty inside. Those gorgeous rings remind me of mini-galaxy spiral arms. Evidence of the universe in all its splendor, onions are loved all over the world. Imagine your favorite dishes without onions. (Don’t do that, it’s too sad.) Onions are cousins to garlic, shallots, scallions, leeks, and chives. There are many types, like hundreds, maybe even thousands if you count hybrids. I’ve been reading about onions for the past two days and here are my notes:
…store onions in a cool, dark place (not the refrigerator)
…keep onions away from potatoes (google it)
…the smaller the onion, the more pungent and the more beneficial
…crying is a good sign the onion is ripe and good for you
…the less peeling, the better since the outer layers contain more flavonoids
…onions are anti-everything : anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-histamine
…onions can help lower bad cholesterol and high blood pressure
…if you THINK you’re getting a cold, make a onion soup or eat a few slices of raw onion
…if you’re a big drinker, smoker, and/or drug-user (this includes aspirin), eat a little raw onion a few times weekly
If I eat a lot of raw onion, I am driven to la toilette within a half hour. It totally cleans me out. TMI? Very sorry, I thought we were sharing.
HOMEMADE COUGH SYRUP:
(you don’t NEED to buy organic onions. They’re low on the pesticide scale)
1. chop a onion in large chunks
2. then place onion pieces in a jar of quality raw honey
3. let sit for 2 days or so
4. take a spoonful of the onion infused honey 2-3 times daily for no more than a week
Listen to your body always. If you experience diarrhea or vomiting, onions may not be for you. And if you’re concerned about bad breath, eat a sprig of parsley afterward.
NOTE: Eating onions–both raw and cooked–are beneficial but fried onions DO NOT count!
Stay warm and whimsical.
Sending hugs and positivity your way!