- Name: Onions, Allium Cepa, also known as the "Common Onion", or "Bulb Onion"
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- Why We Grow This? (common uses): As a food. The bulbs and leaves can be cooked or eaten raw. Onions dry and store well, making them a good crop for eating later.
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- Can Be Confused With: The Allium family includes Garlic, Shallots, Chives and a few other bulb like plants which can be confused with the common Onion.
The Wild Leek or Ramps (Allium tricoccum), which grow in many American yards during the early Spring, can be confused with just sprouted common Onions.
- Cautions and Hazards: Onions are toxic to many small mammals, like house pets. Care should be taken they do not dig up and eat them in your garden by accident.
Onions also produces a chemical that can be an eye irriatent, when the bulb is cut up. Wash hands well and avoid touching your face and eyes when preparing. .
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COOKING AND EATING
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- How This Plant Propagates: First year plants don't seem to produce seeds.
Plants allowed to over Winter and grow into their second year will produce a bulb at the top of their main stem. This bulb will slowly ripen and open to produce a dandilion like spherical flower.
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