Onion History Tidbits for Your Chewing Enjoyment
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.
- Roman gladiators were rubbed with onions to firm their muscles.
- 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!
- Captain James Cook once refused to sail until each man in his crew had eaten twenty pounds of onions. He counted on the onion’s high content of vitamin C to prevent scurvy on the long voyage ahead.
- Native American Indians ate both raw and cooked wild onions, plus used them in syrups, as poultices, for dyeing, and as toys for their children.
- During the Civil War, General Grant sent this urgent message to the War Department: “I will not move my army without onions.” The very next day, three trainloads of onions were on their way to the front.
- During World War II, Russian soldiers applied onions to battle wounds as an antiseptic.
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.
Our First Story
Upon request by me, one of my family members wrote an onion story − simply whipped it out in a few minutes, called it "Onion Story" and left it at that. I tweaked the wording (no surprise to her), and now its official title is "Winks".
I turned my attention from washing vegetables purchased at the market that morning to focus on my young son, Toby, whose brown eyes were lit up and big as saucers. My eyes dropped to the object of his delight, cradled in his small hands.
Are You An Artist At Heart?
Absorb each illustration.
Imagine the impact of each artist's work, full-sized.
Observe, the depths (or lack thereof) of your appreciation.
Onions: Artist Pierre Auguste Renoir
"How to Find Fortune"
An Onion Story CLASSIC
... as shared by Clotilde
... who in turn shares the source of the excerpt
... along with additional words of wisdom
Hope You Read This Fine Story!
Treasure can be found in the strangest places
...in the strangest ways.
You have heard that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder?
Might treasure be similar?