Treasury Of Onion Tidbits
links to fun onion activity sites, onion stories, onion history…and other onion-related odds/ends

radiant onion (heirloom)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.

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Threads of Onion; Threads of Poetry

Early in this “mindset onions” venture, a grand vegetarian website began to tantalize my senses.  Sure, the initial draw was this page dedicated to onion — oodles of onion thought-starters.   

Soon, the style of the wording began to catch my attention.  Notice, say, this seemingly simple statement: “How delightful is the addition of half-moon slices of sweet onions to a salad of crisp mixed greens!”

Perky graphics complement the poeticism.



Why not browse for yourself!

Excess Baggage?

ONIONS: natural wonder vegetable gifts of distinctionexcess baggage in question image

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.


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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.


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