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Onions are a type of bulb root that have been eaten for more than 7000 years. The vegetable is known to have grown in many areas of the world and has been used by many cultures in very important roles such as Roman gladiators who rubbed onions on their body to tighten the skin and ancient Egyptians who worshipped the vegetable for the round nature and believed the ring structure inside represented eternal life.

When you cut an onion, enzymes start to break down the cell structure and a vapour containing sulphur compounds that are inert start to rise. Once it gets to your eyes the compound mixes with the natural moisture that our eyes produce and creates sulphuric acid.

Due to the vapour, aroma and taste many cultures have considered the onion to be of great medicinal use. While onions are certainly part of a healthy diet unfortunately they do not help with infertility, as an aphrodisiac or indeed cure any ills as those cultures believed but they do add exceptional taste to cooked dishes.

Onions are very good vegetables to eat and contain many minerals and vitamins essential to a healthy life.

Nutritional Information 100g of an average Onions:-
Calories40 kcal

The world largest producer of Onions is China followed by India, the U.S. and turkey. More than 73 million tonnes of onions are produced each year.

Onion in other languages:-

French:m oignon
German:f zwiebel
Greek:n κρεμμύδι
Indonesian:bawang putih
Italian:f cipolla
Nederlands:c ui
Norwegian:m løk
Polish:f cebula
Portuguese:f cebola
Spanish:f cebolla
Swedish:c lök