How natural is your lifestyle?
Does the term “heirloom” hold an appeal’?
Are you familiar with Phil Nauta, the Smiling Gardener – organic all the way?
Several years ago, my semi-natural lifestyle led me to the Smiling Gardener.
Several months ago he, thus, introduced me to Heirloom Food Stories.
The first story: “The Onion”.
Gina Lorubbio, the author of “The Onion: Slow and Steady Brings Out Sweetness”, IN ONE PAGE accomplishes much of what I have been attempting.
In Celebration of Two Years of...
...an Onion ABC Approach to an Overview
ttention: Onion Lovers (and haters)
igger bulbs are not always better bulbs.
ousins. Onions have them.
When I suggest that someone's definition of onion might be "Thirteen Layers of TROUBLE!" of course I am exaggerating. Yes, the perfectly developed onion bulb has thirteen layers... but what keep-onions-away-from-me person would know that, or care?
ONIONS: natural wonder vegetable gifts of distinction
It is natural to be curious and wonder about things in the natural, such as vegetables. Vegetables are so special that we consider them to be gifts. Picture your life without them – to better appreciate the gift. Oft times one reads about gifts of distinction. The more you discover about onions, the better you will understand the profound nature of this distinction. The more one discovers about onions (as with many vegetables), the more he or she wonders – now an AWESOME wonder.
For who knows how long, the French province of Brittany has grown PINK onions. Early in the early 1800’s an enterprising Frenchman sailed over to England to widen his market. Hearing of his success, others followed. Both the French pink onions and the French onion peddlers became a treat in rural Britain. Essentially, the onions proved delightful. Nevertheless, those French peddlers, laden with the plaited onion tresses, also added a bit of spice to the lives of many an Englishman. ...continue reading
An Onion Metaphor
Don’t allow the word "metaphor" to alarm (or bore) you. Remember... A metaphor is a figure of speech that identifies something as being the same as some unrelated thing for rhetorical effect, thus highlighting the similarities between the two. Remember... Rhetorical means that it is expressed in such a manner as to make a statement or produce an effect. Therefore, allow this title and its link intrigue (and challenge) you.
Have the stories been modified over the years? Have they been invented?
Are they truly facts? Who knows? No matter. All do provide food for thought.
- Early Egyptians numbered over 8,000 onion-alleviated ailments.
- Alexander the Great (356 – 323 BC) believed strong foods made strong bodies. Alexander fed his men onions to increase both strength and courage.
- Before Olympic game competitions, Greek athletes consumed pounds of onions, drank onion juice, and rubbed onions on their bodies. Large quantities of onion were believed to enhance the body’s blood flow.
- The Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder (23 – 79 AD) wrote of Pompeii’s onions and cabbages. In Pompeii “lowly onion vendors” were rejected from the fruit and vegetable vendor guild. Consequently, they formed a guild of their own!
Do Not Feed Your Pets ONIONS
Your pet's digestive enzymes are not the same as your digestive enzymes.
Our bodies DO have the digestive enzyme necessary to digest onions. The digestive systems of some animals, such as dogs, cats and guinea pigs, do NOT have the enzyme necessary to digest onions.
All onions, raw or cooked, are a danger – a poison – to these pets.
We will spare you the details here, but even small amounts of onions cause serious distress to their systems. YOU may or may not notice, depending on the amount ingested and the degree of interaction you have with your pet.
Not noticing is one matter. Causing it is another.