The humble onion is found in every kitchen, but its curative powers make it an important medicinal plant too. Like garlic, Onion is a member of the lily family. There can be no doubting the power of the juices contained in onions; anyone who has ever sliced one and shed a tear is only too aware that they hold something special. Onions lavish you with health benefits while adding oodles of taste to your food.
It forms the basis of so many dishes - whether raw, sauted, baked, steamed or boiled, that it would be difficult to imagine the cuisine of any country without it. Not to mention you can buy a bundle from the grocery store for mere pennies.
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Heres a quick glimpse at their incredible health benefits:
The phytochemicals in onions along with their vitamin C help improve immunity.
Onions contain chromium, which assists in regulating blood sugar.
What Is The History Of Onions?
The ancient origin of onions spans the western and eastern parts of Asia. There are numerous species of onions found the world over, which basically means they were cultivated across the world probably at the same time. Records suggest that onions started to be used in China way back in 5000 BC more so because of the bulbs durability to transport and store. Ancient Egyptians were known to revere the vegetable, considering its spherical shape and concentric rings a symbol of eternal life. In fact, onions were also used in ancient Egyptian burials.