The onion is originally from Central Asia, such as garlic and the shallot. In the Middle Age, it was used both for culinary and healing purposes. The onion belongs to the family Liliaceae, like the garlic or leek. The onion is the underground part of the plant with a yellow, red and violet bulb-shape. Such plant has also green and round branches that are hollow inside. The white onion is harvested in late spring and the coloured ones are collected by the end of summer. They are grown in all European Mediterranean countries, as well as in Arab countries, although the main producer is Mexico.
It is a plant of mild and not humid climates and it needs not chalky, loose, healthy, deep and rich in organic matter soils.
The onion contains:
Properties and benefits. Recommended for:
It is not recommended for people with intestinal problems because it produces gases and flatulence.
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