The Mystery Ingredient is…


The Red Onion!

The red onion is a pungent, delicious and beautiful member of the allium family. They are high in flavonoids (you can tell by their beautiful color) which act as powerful antioxidants.  They are also rich in sulfides, which contribute to the onion’s anti inflammatory effects as well as their antibacterial properties.  Little bit of trivia for ya- when you break the cells of the onion by cutting it, sulfenic gases form (we won’t get into the enzymes responsible) and waft up in to the air. When the gas hits the water on your eyes, it forms sulfuric acid, resulting in many tears shed over your cutting board :).

There is an old wives tale about cutting an onion in half and leaving it in your bedroom to ward off infection.


Red onion is delicious raw or cooked. Sweet P loves red onions sliced. She never liked them from the store, but since we got the CSA, the onions are much sweeter.

Another little tidbit-You can use their outer peels to make dye. This past April, I used them to make easter egg dye and they created the most gorgeous color!


Thanks for playing…stay tuned! xo, SW and Sweet P


About Siobhan

My name is Siobhan and I live with my husband and our beautiful daughter in New York. I love real, whole, healthy food and I am passionate about biodynamic farming practices. I try to eat locally as often as possible and to support my local farmers.
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2 Responses to The Mystery Ingredient is…

  1. P's Grammy says:

    The onion also absorbs toxic fumes and nasty smells like fresh paint. Myth: Leaving an onion or chopped onion in the room of an ill person will keep others in entering the room from ‘catching’ the illness.

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