18 May 2012 4 Comments
Oh how I love this time of year! After six long months of tending, weeding and waiting (the latter of which this gardener doesn’t do particularly well), my onion tops went brown and fell over so I duly dug these puppies up–gently. Woohoo! Someone ring the cow bell and dance the farmer’s jig–the sweet onions are ready! And we have some doozies. Big ones, round ones, small ones and–
What the heck? Red ones? I never planted any red ones. How did these little pumpkins end up amidst my splendor of sweet white onions?
Hmph. Told you those bags of seeds and plants you buy come stocked with all sorts of surprises. Remember Tami’s blueberry/weed? Well here’s the proof it can happen to anyone. Red onions were mixed in my batch of onion sets. Oh, well. We humans are fallible, aren’t we?
I forgive them. Besides, these look awfully tasty. A bit of “Siamese Twins” growth going on, what with them joined at the bulb, but who cares? I bet that won’t make one iota of difference once I chop them into salsa. Or maybe I’ll cook them up with some of my black beans. Mmm…
Yes, maybe it’s time for some black bean soup. Those onions I don’t use right away I’ll store in my special covered onion basket or chop them up for the freezer. I could always braid them to hang and store. Looks kinda cool. For best storage prep, lay your onions out for a sun bath (in Florida, you might want to do this under the shade of a tree). Give them about a week to crisp their delicate papery skins. Helps in lengthening storage time.
One year, a few of my onions began to flower. Had I waited (remember, patience is not my strong suit), I could have learned the art of onion seed saving. Though come to think of it, I didn’t have a lot of luck with the onion seeds I purchased and planted. Should I really go to all the trouble of doing it myself?
Perhaps. They are extra sweet when enjoyed fresh from the garden. And barely a tear in the kitchen when it comes to slicing and dicing. *sigh* We’ll see. Don’t count me out of the onion seed saving business yet. There may be hope for me still…
I’ll keep you posted. But until then, consider some sweet onions for your garden. One fall day of planting makes for a lovely spring harvest.