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(Allium cepa)
Also see: Allium cernuum, Ramps, Topset Onion


Onions are milder in action but provide the same health benefits as garlic. (See Garlic)

Common flavoring and vegetable.

The outside skins produce burnt orange with alum mordant; brass color with chrome; green with copperas & blue vitriol.

Steep finely chopped onion for about 1 week in mineral oil in a sunny spot then strain. Dilute the oil with water and use as a spray to repel garden insects.

a.k.a Egyptian Onions, Walking Onions
(Allium cepa var. proliferum)

PROPAGATION: Small bulbils appear at the top of the leaves. These are replanted. The plants will also reproduce without any help as the weight of the bulbils will cause leaves to bend over where they are deposited on the ground.

Leaves and bulbils used where onion flavor desired.

©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH