April 21, 2020

What you see: Tiny sprouts falling out of your onion
What it is: The onion is sprouting!
Eat or toss: Eat!

The story:
This was quite the surprise! I was innocently cutting up an onion when I turned it over and it seemed to be having...babies? Lots of little tiny onion s...

April 7, 2020

What you see: Just below the papery outer layer, the onion is green
What it is: Most likely, this onion got a little too much sun.
Eat or toss? Eat!

The story: 
Onions, like garlic, are modified leaves, designed as storage warehouses for the rest of the plant. And while...

January 14, 2020

What you see: An onion with a thick, white “core”
What it is: An especially prominent onion stem
Eat or toss: Cut around the stem area; it will be too thick and dense to eat. The rest is fine!

The story: 
While we don’t normally think of onion layers as leaves, that’s e...

November 26, 2019

My husband and I rarely buy bread. Not because we’re cutting carbs or hate sandwiches, but because we often encounter orphaned bread—the final pieces in the restaurant bread basket, for example—that needs a loving home. We stash the bread in the freezer and toast it up...

November 21, 2019

A number of years ago, I stopped buying broth. Instead, after an excellent tip from a co-worker (thanks, Mark!), we started saving all our veggie scraps and popping them in a bag in the freezer. Onion tops, pepper cores, hard tomato parts, squash skins, corn cobs, toug...

November 18, 2019

What you see: Milky juice coming out of your onion as you chop
What is it: Onion juice!
Eat or toss: Eat! This is a perfectly fine onion. 

The story:
The onion plant’s ancestors likely evolved bulbs to store water and nutrients over the winter and during droughts. Fast...

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