Add some extra flavor and aroma to your next meal
Best to buy
Onions are available all year long. Green onions are available in the spring and summer. Sweet
onions are available from April through July
Cut & clean
No tissues needed! Avoid tearing up by rinsing onion under running water to peel, and toss in
freezer for 20 minutes before chopping or slicing.
A raw deal
Sweet, red, or green onions are perfect simply raw for salads and sandwiches.
Onions are a good source of vitamin C.
Also indexed as: Bermuda Onions, Cipollini Onions, Green
Onions, Maui Onions, Ramps, Red Onions, Shallots, Spanish Onions, Sweet Onions, Vidalia
Onions, Walla Walla Onions, White Onions, Yellow Onions
Preparation, uses, and tips
To avoid tearing, caused by sulfur compounds in onions, try holding onions under water to
peel, then freeze them for 20 minutes before chopping. An inexpensive pair of plastic goggles
from the hardware store is the best way to prevent tears. Onions can be sautéed, baked,
roasted, or used in soups, stews, casseroles, and a variety of other dishes. Sweet onions, red
onions, and green onions can be eaten raw, on sandwiches, or in salads.
Onions come in a variety of sizes, from the size of large marbles to softballs. Onion
varieties include full-flavored and versatile yellow onions; cipollini; white onions, which
have a higher water content and are slightly sweeter; Spanish onions, which are very large
yellow onions; and red onions, also called Bermuda onions, which are sweeter and milder. Sweet
onions, such as Vidalia, Maui, and Walla Walla onions, named after the locations in which
they’re grown, are usually available only during spring and summer. Green onions are
small, with their tender greens still attached, and have a fresh, bright flavor. Scallions are
long and slender, with white roots fading into green tops, and a delicate flavor. Leeks look
like larger scallions and have an earthier flavor. Ramps look like tiny leeks, but the greens
are delicate and can be used with the white bulbs, and the flavor is more assertive and wild.
Shallots are sold as firm, violet-tinged bulbs in golden skins; they have a more intense
flavor, without the harshness of onions or garlic.
Onions (raw, chopped), 1 cup (100g)
Total Fat: 0.25g
*Good source of: Vitamin C (10mg)
*Foods that are an “excellent source” of a particular
nutrient provide 20% or more of the Recommended Daily Value. Foods that are a “good
source” of a particular nutrient provide between 10 and 20% of the Recommended Daily