Onions are magical. Well, that’s what some people say. They’re certainly a healthy addition to any diet and have been given credit for many things like helping lower the risk of some cancers, improving skin and hair, and assisting with better sleep and moods.
All good enough reasons to include them in your daily diet. But there’s more.
Onions are pretty easy to grow. They can take hold almost anywhere and can be dried, preserved, and stored to be used during the harsher winter months.
They’ve been around a long time. It’s difficult to pin down exactly when they were first discovered, but there’s written evidence of their existence back as far as five thousand years. Best guess is that they first showed up in either Asia or the Middle East, but since they’re a perishable item it’s difficult to know exactly.
When I started researching fun facts to include in IF ONIONS COULD SPRING LEEKS I learned about all the healthy aspects, but also found some other interesting and surprising tidbits.
Apparently Ancient Greek soldiers and athletes believed that onions gave them strength from the gods. They consumed onion juice or used it as rubbing oil (can you imagine the smell?) or ate them, raw or cooked. Ancient Egyptians thought onions were symbols of eternity and endless life (must have been all the circles inside) and painted them on tomb walls as well as used them in the mummification process. Onion skins have been found over eyes of long mummified pharaohs, and whole onions have been found in mummies’ pelvises, thoraxes, and external ears. Excavations of Pompeii have revealed a complex network of onion production that was described in the writing of many Roman histories. During the dark and middle ages, they were one of the few foods available in Europe, at one time giving them more value than money. It’s also said that onions were the first vegetable planted by the first colonists to land in North America. They’ve been all over the world, and have certainly passed the test of time.
We all know strong they can smell and how they can cause uncontrollable tears, but I couldn’t find any truly bad news about pungent vegetable. Oh, unless of course you live in Blue Hill, Nebraska, where it’s the law that no female wearing a “hat that would scare a timid person” can be seen eating onions in public. I guess you could skirt the law if you just took off the scary hat.
My family and I enjoy onions prepared many different ways – raw, fried, sautéed with mushrooms in olive oil, and that crunchy variety (they’re real onions) you sprinkle over green bean casseroles. It’s good to know they’re healthy, but I doubt I’ll be using any onion juice as a rubbing oil anytime soon. Although, a little strength from the gods might not be a bad thing.
Thanks for stopping by, dear readers, and I’ll see you in Broken Rope and at the bookstores.
Series: Country Cooking School Mystery (Book 5)
Publisher: Berkley (August 4, 2015)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository
The New York Times bestselling author of If Catfish Had Nine Lives returns to Broken Rope, Missouri, where ghosts of the Old West seek assistance from country cooks and amateur sleuths Betts Winston and her grandmother.
With summer tourists flocking to Broken Rope, locals volunteer to keep chaos to a minimum. Old West skits are running smoothly, actors are behaving, and stagecoach rides are more popular than ever, but when a spectral visitor appears by ghost train, it’s a job only Betts and Gram can handle.
Gram soon starts having nightmares about their ghostly visitor’s demise. And if a ghost and the hot summer weather weren’t making things sticky enough, one of the town’s volunteers—a man notorious for having more than his fair share of ex-wives—is murdered. When Jerome, Bett’s otherworldly friend, makes an unsettling appearance, this simmering double mystery becomes a recipe for disaster.
Includes delicious recipes!
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After a childhood full of many moves and high school and college in Des Moines, Iowa, she landed in Salt Lake City, Utah. There she met and married her husband, had a son, and worked in a variety of advertising-like jobs.
She can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a writer, and she loves every moment she spends with her characters and their mysterious ways.
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