Dip Into Onions This Spring

As spring and summer approach, rediscover a few of your favorite warm weather recipes. A key ingredient for the season is the essential onion. Whether they are diced, sliced, sauteed or fresh; onions add a savory flavor and new dimension to virtually every meal.

The spring/summer onion crop is now being harvested and made available at your local retailer. These onions are known for their mild flavor and are often referred to as sweet onions. These onions can be easily identified by their thin, light-colored skins. Spring/summer onions are available in yellow, red and white throughout their season, March through August. With their delicate taste, they are an ideal choice for fresh and lightly-cooked dishes such as dips and salsas.

One of the National Onion Association's favorite recipes is the Creamy Onion Dip. Serve this easy-to-prepare dip with a selection of fresh vegetables, breads and crackers at your next celebration.

To spice up your next fiesta, try Charred Red Onion Salsa. This zesty recipe makes a great accompaniment to almost any southwestern or Mexican dish, or you can simply serve it with tortilla chips.

To add a bit of flare to your next neighborhood barbecue, experiment with Onion Peach Salsa. This recipe is a twist on traditional salsas; it combines the sweetness of fresh peaches and the savory flavor of onions. The Onion Peach Salsa is a perfect topping for grilled meats.

To serve your favorite dip or salsa why not try using an onion? Simply cut off the top third of a large yellow, red or white onion. Trim a small edge off the onion's root end to make a flat support. Peel the onion and scoop out inner layers, leaving the outer two layers intact. Just spoon your favorite onion dip or salsa into the hollow onion and serve.

Because spring/summer onions have a higher water content, they are typically sweeter and milder than fall/winter onions. This higher water content also makes them more susceptible to bruising so be sure to handle them with care.

Onions should be stored in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place — not in the refrigerator. Do not store your onions in plastic bags. Lack of air movement will reduce the storage life of your onions.

When chopping onions, keep in mind that one medium onion equals about 1 cup chopped onion. Chopped or sliced onions can be stored in a sealed container in your refrigerator for up to 7 days.

About the National Onion Association
Founded in 1913, the National Onion Association (NOA) is the official organization to represent growers, shippers, brokers, and commercial representatives of the U.S. onion industry. NOA strives to preserve and improve the business environment of all participants in the industry, educate consumers about onion’s many uses and health benefits. For more, visit www.onions-usa.org.



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