Did you know onions were an acceptable form of currency back in the good old’ days? They were used in exchange to pay for rent, goods and services - and even as gifts. Funny right? To think it is the same vegetable that makes us cry.
We just always hate them when we need to slice them but then again, we cannot live without onions. Can you?
We are not going to focus on the health benefits of onions in this article, rather we have got some of the most fascinating fun facts about onions that will possibly surprise you.
Fun Facts About Onions
Onions may be a simple vegetabl0e used for flavour dishes, but here are some compiled interesting facts about onions you didn’t know. So, let’s get started;
1. Egyptians Worshipped Onions: Ancient Egyptians worshipped onion believing their spherical shape and concentric circles within symbolizes eternity. In fact, onions were often placed in the burial tombs of pharaohs, as they were believed to bring about prosperity in the afterlife. Weird right? But it was actually true.
2. Onions Weaken Dogs: Dog lovers like myself should take note of this. Onions are the last thing you should put in a dog’s bowl. This is because onions can weaken a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anaemia that in severe cases, could result in death. Symptoms of anaemia include weakness, vomiting, loss of appetite, dullness, and breathlessness, so, watch out for these if your pet somehow manages to eat a bag of onions off-guard.
3. Onions Do Not Make You Cry, Sulfur Does: We cry often when cutting onions because sulfur is released by the veggie which when it reaches our eyes combines with the moisture to produce sulphuric acid. One of the best methods that you can apply while cutting onions which always work for me and prevent tears is to cut them under running water or apply some white vinegar on your cutting board and then cut the onions on them. Y’all should try this and give me an accolade after, lol… it works.
4. Onion can help soothe your skin: Sliced onion can soothe insect bites and burns on the skin. It can also be used as a folk treatment to cure swellings or even boil because it is considered to have antiseptic properties and hence, it was heavily used during war times to heal wounds.
5. Onion as a Source of Strength: In ancient times, Greek athletes and soldiers used onions as a source of power. They believed that eating or rubbing it on the skin can give them more strength and speed of movement. Men, take note!
6. Onion prevents hair loss: Onion juice is a known remedy for hair health, mainly for hair loss and to restore lustre and shine of the hair. It is also known to prevent premature greying of hair and treat dandruff. Most useful for men with bald head…Lol.
7. The World’s largest Onion: According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the biggest onion ever was grown by British farmer Peter Glazebrook, who harvested a monster-sized onion in 2011 that weighed around 8kg. It is also considered as the 6th most popular vegetable crop in the world judging by its production.