Onions are one of the oldest cultivated vegetables, originated in central Asia and later spread across the world. Since older time, onion was heavily used as both food and medical remedy.
Onions were easy to grow on any kind of soil, any type of weather ecosystem, and were easy to store, dry, and preserve during winters.
In India, Onions are grown in almost all the states. However, the major cultivation of onions is done in Nasik, Maharashtra and Southern Gujarat. The onion cultivation season starts in the month of October and ends in April. Green onion can be ready in 20 to 30 days after planting. Dry bulb onion can take 135 to 170 days to reach maturity.
Commonly onions are available in three color varieties. Yellow or brown onions are full flavored and chosen for everyday use. The Red or Purple onion is a good choice for fresh use. White onions are sweet in flavor.
Onions are available in various forms such as fresh, frozen, canned, caramelized, pickled, chopped and dehydrated.
Dehydrated form of onion is used where fresh ingredients is not available. Dehydrated onions are available in kibbled, sliced, rings, minced, chopped, granulated, and powder forms. It has a strong odor and a long shelf life.
Onion is creates a large source of food and prevents the thirst, great source of energy and has a very useful medical properties, and could be easily dried and preserved for times when other perishable sources of food were scarce.
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Fresh & Dehydrated Onions are used in various food preparations, salads, canned soups, sauces, gravies, blends, hamburgers, pizzas, Specialty fast food preparations, Meat products, seasonings, and healthcare related industries.
- Act as a Natural blood purifies hence reduces the risk of heart attack
- Anti-inflammatory agents provides relief to asthma symptoms
- Reduces the allergic reaction
- Powerful anti-cancer agent
- Natural Diuretic
- Onion Juice used as a natural medicine for cough and cold
- Onion bulb rubbed on the skin to prevent insect bites