Echoes of the Garden

Noble Interest

The Onion

I love onions. The more, the tastier, in my opinion. Cooked pretty much any way imaginable and in sweet jams, as well. I keep threatening to make candied onions. One of these days I will. They're easy to grow and very pretty. There's very little waste as all of the plant is edible but for the roots. The little wild onions that grow in my lawn are one of the first signs of spring for me and the first plant I start foraging for every year. Below are the three kinds of domesticated onions you are most likely to find. Let's see what can be learned about this humble plant.

Allium cepa

By Rainer Haessner (Own work (self photographed)) [GFDL (

A. fistulosa

Forest & Kim Starr [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

A. proliferum

By SEWilco (Own work) [GFDL (,

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About Me

My interest in plants started young. While most of my friends were playing with Barbie or dreaming of horses, I was out in the fields of our farm creating imaginary villages and caching collected seeds, roots and herbs against winter need. When I discovered the library and field guides, I realized that I had found my passion- the interaction between plants and people. While my caching habits have switched to saving more useful plants, some things don’t change. I still …
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