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Blush Onions are a hybrid, between red and white storage onions. They are a brownish dusty rose colour, with light purple rings on the inside. When eaten raw, they are sweet with a sharp bite. Much like the French Rose variety of onions, these will are the sweetest when cooked down in butter or oil. These onions, when grown outside, are typically ready for harvest in Ontario in late summer and can be stored in a cool, dry place for longer storage and use in the off-season winter months.
Blush Onions can be enjoyed both raw and cooked due to their versatile flavour profile. They can be added to salads and sandwiches, added to soups and casseroles, sauteed, baked, roasted, grilled, or pickled.
Onions, the layered vegetables most are familiar with, are the swollen bulbs that grow under ground and send leaves out the top. Onions are closely related to garlic, scallions, shallots, leeks, and chives. The wild onion that today's cultivars are descended from is now extinct, but it is likely that onions were first cultivated in Central or Southwest Asia. Onions were likely domesticated for their storage and durability, and the Ancient Egyptians saw onions and their layers as a symbol for eternal life.