Red and brown onions

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Red and brown onions

Post: #266717 marshlander
Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:32 pm

I've grown far too many red onions - can I use them as 'normal' onions?

I've read contradictory info = some articles say they a sweeter, some ay they have less sugar :dontknow: Would I be able to tell the difference?
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Re: Red and brown onions

Post: #266722 oldjerry
Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:56 am

You'll be able to tell the difference if you eat them raw.(Which would be nice).Cooked(equally nice) depends on the variety.To be honest,you CANT have too many onions(red,brown or white) so happy days all round!

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Post: #266731 GeorgeSalt
Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:33 am

Just use them as onions, this year my red onions didn't really come to anything.. but last year I just picked whichever colour I fancied and used it as an onion. Red onions are prettier where the onion is still visible - salads, etc. You won't know the difference in a casserole, or even as steak'n'onions.
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Re: Red and brown onions

Post: #266740 marshlander
Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:21 pm

[quote="oldjerry"]You'll be able to tell the difference if you eat them raw.(Which would be nice).quote]

Yes, I had grown them for salads and salsas and almost all of the 100 sets have turned into grapefruit sized onions.

The brown/yellow haven't done half so well and about a third ran straight to seed. I'm so glad I can use the red instead.
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Post: #266757 Big Al
Tue Sep 25, 2012 5:14 pm

GeorgeSalt wrote:Just use them as onions, this year my red onions didn't really come to anything.. but last year I just picked whichever colour I fancied and used it as an onion. Red onions are prettier where the onion is still visible - salads, etc. You won't know the difference in a casserole, or even as steak'n'onions.


I've had a quite horrendous year this year for onions. Most of my red onions went to seed from about May so I have plenty of seed for next year assuming the taylors bulbs are not H1 etc but even so I like an experiment....

I'll second old Gerry. You can never have too many onions, if, after reading the comments you still think you have too many you can have my addy and I'll even pay the postage, lol.
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Post: #266765 GeorgeSalt
Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:58 pm

Onions have been funny this year. This year I had the same cheap-as-chips Sturon and Stuttgarter Giant sets from B&Q that many people have reported struggling with (I was late getting seed sorted), but mine have done great. My red onions from seed (Long Florence) have done nothing.
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Re: Red and brown onions

Post: #269049 Annemieke
Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:02 am

Yes the red ones are sweeter, personally I much prefer them. It also appears they are better for you, I quote: "Red onions have a higher concentration of flavonoids in the outer layers, which, according to a Cornell study, can help reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Red onions also contain the brain-boosting flavonol quercetin, which helps keep memory in tip-top shape." (http://www.fitsugar.com/Benefits-Nutrit ... s-19884741)
The drawback is that they don't keep quite so well as the yellow ones, but they'll still last a few months in our shed.
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Re: Red and brown onions

Post: #269052 Uller
Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:16 am

I regularly use red instead of brown in cooking. The only difference I have noticed is the colour - when cooked, they can lose their red and become a bit greyish, which has made for some slightly odd looking frittatas. I suspect this will matter more to some people than others!
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