Onion - How To Use

(In dry format is known as Onion Flakes, Onion Powder)


There are 21 varieties of onion. They were probably considered a staple in prehistoric diets, which originated in the Iran and Pakistan region. It is popular for salad dressings, soups and grilled meats rubs. 


Onion powder is low in calories but high in nutrients and vitamins. It is a great source of potassium, magnesium and calcium. It is considered great for blood pressure regulation and bone and immune health. 

Interesting Facts

  • The Creations and the Greeks hang onions on New Year's Eve doors to signify rebirth and regrowth. Because the onion can continue to grow after it has been uprooted, the locals believe that some of the plants' good luck and resilience should rub off on them. On New Year Day, you may get hit on the head with said onion to get you up for church. Now we know that onions might make you cry for two reasons.
  • The Egyptians believed that onions would give you eternal life because of the circles within a circle. The pharaoh Ramses IV was buried with onions in his eye sockets. Various Egyptian tombs with mummies have been found with remnants of onions. The Pyramids have displayed still life paintings with onions on alters depicting their offerings up to the Gods.
  • The Indians are known to have worshipped onions as early as the 6th Century for a cure for digestion, heart, eyes and joints.
  • The ancient Greeks have used them as a symbol of strength where they would eat them, drink onion juice and rub themselves in onions. I think it is fair to say that we would all want to lead that race.
  • During the Middle Ages, the Europeans used onions as wedding gifts and as payments for rent.
  • Native Americans would use onions as a poultice and as a dye, and even as a toy.
  • Although it is loosely considered a stereotype, the French wearing onions rose to the conversation with British caricature depictions. But there is some verity in these stereotypes as French nationals have been known to wear berets and onions between the 1800 and mid-1900 period as they cycled around their regions.

Chief flavour profile

Allicin: (sulphurous, spicy and hot) the onion smell comes from the sulphur flavour compounds. When the onion gets damaged or chopped it releases the alliinase enzyme, which is part of the aroma compound. Onion flavours can be complex because of the variety and the sulphur content of the soil they grew in giving different levels of intensity. The allicin compound of onions compliment chilli and asafoetida.

Blends to try with Onion

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