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The word onion comes from the Latin word unio for "single," or "one," because the onion plant produces a single bulb, unlike its cousin, the garlic, that produces many small bulbs. The name also describes the union (also from unio) of the many separate, concentrically arranged layers of the onion. We grow several different varieties of onions, including Walla Walla, yellow, and red.
Store in a cool, dry, well ventilated place, in single layers. If the onions at home show signs of sprouting, cut away the sprouts and use them immediately. Use fresh onions (like Walla Walla) within a week. Chopped or sliced ions can be stored in a sealed container for 7-10 days in your refrigerator.
Don't want to cry? Refrigerate onions 30 minutes before preparation to prevent tearing, or light a candle by your cutting board. To remove the smell of onions rub hands and equipment with lemon juice or salt. When cooking, high heat makes onions turn bitter, so always use low or medium heat.