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TUBE ONION

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Onion is a vegetable cultivated for its edible bulb, which has a round shape and concentric layers. Its taste is spicy and aromatic, and it softens when cooked. This yellow onion, very typical in Spanish gastronomy, is presented in various units within a tube-shaped mesh, hence the name tube onion or mesh onion. It is used as a basic ingredient in many recipes worldwide, both to add flavor and to provide texture and color. It can also be consumed raw, pickled, or fried. Onions have a high water content, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and possess medicinal properties, such as relieving coughs, reducing inflammation, and fighting bacteria.

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The onion is a plant from the lily family, like garlic and leek, and has a similar structure with layers of succulent leaves that grow around a bulb. Onions are grown worldwide, but the main producing regions are China, India, the United States, and Spain. The onion is one of the most popular and widely used vegetables worldwide. Originating from Central Asia, the onion has been cultivated and used for thousands of years.

History and Current Agriculture of the Onion

The onion has been a basic food in the human diet since prehistoric times. The ancient Egyptians respected the onion as a symbol of eternity and used it both in cooking and in religious ceremonies. The Greeks and Romans also used the onion in cooking and as medicine, and it is believed to have been used in Europe during the Middle Ages. The first European colonists brought the onion to North America, where it became an important crop in many regions.

Onion: Agriculture and Botany

It is a perennial plant that is grown as an annual in most regions. Onions are grown from seeds or bulbs and prefer a cool and moist climate. Varieties: There are many varieties of onion, each with its own unique flavor and texture characteristics. Some of the most common varieties include: Yellow Onion: This is the most common variety of onion and is used in a wide variety of dishes due to its mild and sweet flavor. The yellow onion is also ideal for cooking due to its high natural sugar content. White Onion: This variety of onion has a milder flavor than the yellow onion and is a good choice for salads and sauces. Red Onion: The red onion is a stronger and spicier variety that is often used in salads and sauces. Sweet Onion: The sweet onion has a mild and sweet flavor that makes it ideal for eating raw in salads and sandwiches. Green Onion: Green onion, also known as spring onion, has a mild and fresh flavor and is often used as a garnish or salad.

Nutrients Found in Onion

Onion is a low-calorie vegetable and is rich in nutrients. A medium onion contains around 44 calories, 2 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, and is a good source of vitamin C, folic acid, calcium, and potassium. Onions also contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that may be beneficial to health.

A Recipe with White Onion

Onion and Tomato Salad

Ingredients:

2 medium white onions

4 medium tomatoes

1 cucumber

1 green bell pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley

1/4 cup fresh chopped basil

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)

Instructions: Peel the onions and cut them into thin slices. Cut the tomatoes, cucumber, and green pepper into slices or cubes. In a large bowl, mix the onions, tomatoes, cucumber, and green pepper. In another bowl, make a dressing by mixing the olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Pour the dressing over the vegetable mixture and mix well. Cover the bowl and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Just before serving, mix in the chopped parsley and basil.

Optional: Sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese on top.

Serve and enjoy.

Note: This salad is an excellent way to take advantage of the beneficial health properties of onion, as it is served raw and very fresh.

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