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Onions

First! how to pick it:

Also! A HUGE thank you to our friends, fellow farmers and inspiration, Pure Land Farm, for allowing us to borrow your picking tutorials while we work on creating our own during our first U-Pick-It growing season in 2024!

What is it?

We grow three different kinds of onions:

  • Texas Legend: sweet short day yellow onion

  • Southern Belle Red: sweet red short day onion

  • Green Bunching Onions

 

Onions form their bulbs at the soil level, under the thin layer of plastic mulch we use to control weeds. Use your hands to feel through the plastic looking for large bulbs, then grip the greens near the base and pull straight up. Alternatively, just look for onions where the neck has fallen over; this is the onion’s way of saying they’ve finished growing and are ready to harvest!

Onions contain antioxidants and compounds that fight inflammation, decrease triglycerides and reduce cholesterol levels — all of which may lower heart disease risk. Their potent anti-inflammatory properties may also help reduce high blood pressure and protect against blood clots.

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Red Onion

How do I clean & store it?

Fresh onions like these do NOT need to be dried before use, they’re ready to eat! Wash the whole onion plant to gently remove all dirt. Trim off the roots, separate the bulb from the greens, and peel any bits of dry outer layer from the bulb. Fresh onions are best kept in a reusable silicone bag or container with a lid in the fridge. Trim off the tips of the leaves and any tough or beat up bits, then store in the same way. If you’re buying our bagged onions near checkout later in the season, they have been dried and should not store in the fridge.

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