More Triva From the Onion Patch

Onions played some very interesting roles in the history of the world.  Some of the facts are really quite amazing so I’d like to share a few layers of triva I thought might be “a-peeling”!

Besides their role in history, these onion domes prove our favorite vegetable also had a role in architectural design!

King Ramses IV, who died in 1160 B.C., was entombed with onions in his eye sockets.

In India, as early as the sixth century B.C., the famous medical treatise Charaka – Sanhita celebrated the onion as medicine – a diuretic, good for digestion, the heart, the eyes and the joints.

The first Pilgrims brought onions to America on the Mayflower; however, they found strains of wild onions already grew throughout North America. Native American Indians used wild onions in a variety of ways, eating them raw or cooked, as a vegetable and a seasoning for other food. Wild onions were also used in syrups, as poultices, as an ingredient in dyes and even as toys. According to diaries of colonists, bulb onions were planted as soon as the Pilgrim fathers could clear the land in 1648.

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