Grow Your Own - Onions (Allium cepa)
Onions should be harvested when about two-thirds of the tops have fallen over. Careful handling to avoid bruising helps control storage rots.
Common problems are:
- Bulb rot from bruising
- Insufficient drying
- Split or double bulb from dry soil during bulb formation
- Very small bulb from too late planting
- Too dry soil.
Onions were hung in doorways to scare of witches and onions were said to be a cure for all sorts of physical disorders. A bulb cut in half and rubbed on the forehead was claimed to cure headaches. If the heart was taken out of a roasted onion and put in the ear, as hot as could be borne, it relieved earache. More likely it was the warmth that did the trick. Onions were also a cure for advancing baldness, it was said that the juice of a raw onion should be rubbed into the skin or baring patch until the skin was red and felt hot.
There is every reason to believe that 'onions are good for you' and this includes garlic which, in small quantities, gives a subtle flavouring to many dishes.