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!