Onions were probably the best vegetables that I grew this year. I bought about 25 sets each of two varieties, Sturon and Turbo, from the Horticultural Society back in late January then planted them out two months later.
Apart from watering when needed and hoeing round to keep clear of weeds I had to do nothing else except wait and watch them grow.
By mid-July they were ready so about a week later I harvested them.
Since then I’ve been enjoying eating two or three every week and I’ve still got just over a dozen left which will see me through to the New Year!
I like fried onions with my pork sausages, mashed potatoes and baked beans. I also like them raw, and thinly sliced, with cheese in sandwiches. I may even try my hand at making some English Onion Soup rather than being lazy and just opening a tin!
Needless to say that onions are at the top of my list of vegetables to grow next year, however I may only grow the variety Sturon as these seemed to be the better of the two that I grew this year.
This rather witty little poem suggests that onions are better cooked – from a social point of view!
Onions by Jonathan Swift [1667-1745, born Ireland]
‘This is every cook’s opinion –
No savory dish without an onion,
But lest your kissing should be spoiled
Your onions must be fully boiled.’
Have a good weekend!