Interesting onion facts

November 25, 2009 | In: Food facts

Onion is a term used for many plants in the genus Allium.Allium cepa is also known as the “garden onion” or “bulb” onion.

Archaeological and literary evidence such as the Book of Numbers 11:5 suggests cultivation probably took place around two thousand years later in ancient Egypt, at the same time that leeks and garlic were cultivated.

1 medium Raw onion contains: 60 Calories, 1 gram Protein,14 grams Carbohydrates,0 Fat, 0 Cholesterol, 10 mg Sodium, 200 mg Potassium, 11.9 mg Vitamin C .

Americans eat 18.8 pounds of fresh and storage type onions on average each year.

Onions contain a oil, which has lots of sulphur in it. When you cut the onion, this oil is released. When the oil gases reach your eyes, it causes irritation and sends signals to your tear gland to produce tears. (source)

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3 Responses to Interesting onion facts



January 28th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Ya i just have to add a fact.

If you rub an onion on your foot for an hour, you can taste it! It goes through your blood stream!



July 26th, 2010 at 11:48 am

Onions (yes, the vegetables!) were worshiped as gods in ancient Egypt.



May 9th, 2012 at 3:19 pm

i used to eat onions out of the fridge when i was a toddeler i ate them like they wer apples. they never made my eyes water

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