Onion and Leek

Fun Facts

  • China produces over 20 million tons of onions!
  • Around 9.2 million acres of onions are harvested annually around the world.
  • Libya has the highest consumption of onions in the world with around 30kg per person consumed annually.
  • In the middle ages onions were not just used as food, but as medicine to relieve headaches, snake bites and to cure hair loss.
  • Pilgrims took onions to America on the Mayflower only to discover that the Native Americans already used them extensively for food, clothing dyes and even as toys.
  • Onion skins have been used in some dyes for things like wool.
  • You cry when onions are cut because some compounds are released that irritate the lachrymal glands in the eyes which causes tears to be released.

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