Recently, onions prices surge in several parts of the country, a bag of onions is currently being sold between ₦50,000 to ₦75,000 in major cities in Nigeria.
As usual, onions prices usually go up at this time of the year but the price has never been high to this level.
Previous year, a bag of onions was between ₦20,000 to ₦40,000 towards the December period.
We will examine the causes of hike in the price of onions later but now let’s examine some interesting fun facts about onions:
Onions are one of the oldest vegetables in continuous cultivation, dating back to at least 4,000 BC as recorded by ancient Egyptians.
This fact is documented in the Bible and Holy Quran.
The onions was worshiped by ancient Egyptians.
They believed that its spherical shape and concentric rings symbolized eternity.
They used to cover the tombs of their rulers with onions pictures and onions played a vital role in burial rituals.
They believed that onions would help the dead succeed in the afterlife.
How feeble-minded some human beings are!
The common dry onions (Allium cepa), a member of the Amaryllidaceae family, originated in central Asia (Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan) where it is widely used.
Dry onions are a crop that lends itself well to small scale and part time farming operations.
The term “dry onion” is used to distinguish them from green onions which are pulled while ops are still green and usually before a large bulb has formed.
Over 9,000,000 acres of fertile land is currently used for production of onions, and only 8% of global production is intended for trade.
In 2012, worldwide production of onions reached 74 million tons, with China, India, United States and Egypt as largest producers.
One average sized onion has at least 30 calories.
The main nutrients in 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of raw onions are Calories: 40, Water: 89%, Protein: 1.1 grams, Carbs: 9.3 grams, Sugar: 4.2 grams, Fiber: 1.7 grams, Fat: 0.1 grams.
The heaviest onion weighs 8.5 kg (18 lb 11.84 oz) and was grown by Tony Glover (UK).
It was weighed at the Harrogate Autumn flower show in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK, on 12 September 2014.
Onions are currently 6th most popular vegetable crop in the world, judging only by its production.
Yellow onions are the most popular type of onions.
It takes staggering 75% of the world’s onions production.
Strong odor of onions can make us cry (various sulfuric compounds), but you can prevent that effect by employing several tactics.
Some of the most popular ones are chewing gum, eating bread (calms the nerves sometimes), lighting a candle, cut onions under the cold running water or splashing a little white vinegar on the cutting board before starting to work with onions.
You can get rid of onions breath by eating fresh parsley.