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White Onion

White Onion

Onions are available in several different varieties, onions that have pure white skin and white flesh are white onions. White onions tend to have a sharper and more pungent flavor than yellow onions. They also tend to be more tender and to have a thinner, more paper-like skin. They can be cooked just like yellow or vidalia onions, but since their flavor is not too overpowering, they are great added to raw salsas and chutneys. White onions are a great option if you you’d like to have an onion flavor that is not too overpowering. White onions are commonly used in Mexican cuisine.

Seasonality

Year-Round

Selection & Storage

When looking for onions, select ones that are firm and have little to no scent.

Avoid selecting any onions with cuts, soft spots, or bruises. Whole peeled onions should have an outside layer that does not show signs of dehydration.

After purchasing, whole peeled onions should be refrigerated to maintain freshness

Once onions are cut, they can be stored in an airtight container for up to 7 days. Make sure they are well sealed to protect other foods in the fridge from scent contamination

Clever Uses

Forks and knives can actually regain their shine and have rust removed by scrubbing them with onion slices or a mixture of crushed up onion and water

To remove grease and charred food bits from a grill, heat it up, and slice half an onion over the grates.

To get rid of the strong odor of a freshly painted room, just place a bowl of sliced onions in the room to absorb the paint odor.

Food Science

There is a reason behind why onions cause you to cry! It’s not the strong smell of them but rather, when you cut into an onion, a strong sulfur compound is released. When the gas reacts with the moisture in the eyes, the mixture creates a burning sensation, thus causing tears.

Cooking Tips

Try sweating onions for dishes like risottos, rice pilafs or braised meats. Sweating the onion cooks, softens, and increases its sweetness, giving it a milder taste

Try caramelizing onions in large batches, so you have them to add to dishes later. They’re great added to sauces, stir-frys, salads and as a topping for savory dishes

Health Benefits

White onions have high vitamin C content and also serves as a good source of fiber

Each serving of white onion only contains 45 calories, so it’s an easy ingredient to choose to help add in an abundance of flavor to many different foods.

White onions provide a variety of key nutrients and also are sodium, fat and cholesterol free

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