How to Grow Red Onions at Home

Red onion seeds are perhaps one of the most popular foods in the world. You can get them at a farmers market, in Mexican markets, and even in many Asian supermarkets. Red onions are also used in Chinese medicine as well. And while they're not as widely known in the United States, these tasty little seeds are still a very popular food.

Red Onion seeds

The seeds themselves are small and round with a seedcase that's dark green in color. They are not the same color as a regular onion and have no taste, but have rather strong and pungent odor. Often times people sprinkle them onto foods like pasta or put them on a pizza slice to take out when it's time to add more sauce. The seeds don't go bad, but like all seeds will germinate into roots that will keep growing. And in some cases, the red onion seeds will continue to grow until they begin to flower and produce new leaves.

It's important to understand what red onions have to offer. They have lots of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. The low-fat content is helpful in reducing cholesterol levels. The nutrients and vitamins found in the seeds to help the body fight off infections and strengthen the immune system. And since they are full of iron, it helps boost individuals' energy levels.

For those interested in planting their own onion garden, there are a couple of options. First, you could buy a red onion plant at your local nursery or feed and seed store. Second, you can create your own vegetable garden by selecting and cultivating your favorite varieties of red onions. It's not as hard as it sounds and the great thing about creating your own garden is that you know exactly what you're getting in the produce.

There are a number of ways to germinate and grow red onion seeds. For starters, the seeds can be sown in small containers using organic matter such as peat moss or wood chips. Keep in mind not to use coarse garden soil as the seeds may not germinate properly. Once you have the seeds germinating and producing little sprouts, transfer them into a small jar with a tightly fitted lid. Place the jar in a dark place and away from sunlight.

Keep the jar in a dark place for about a year. After the time is up, remove the little sprouts but leave the seeds intact. Bring your red bulb into the sunlight once a week during the growing season and use a regular pot to grow your bulb until it reaches about three to four inches in height. If you want to shape the bulb, put it in a pot with moist sand.

To ensure healthy growth, harvest and seed your bulb when it reaches a maximum height of about four inches. Wait another two to four months before harvesting again. Set the timer to turn on at sunset. This will ensure that the sun does not go down during the night while you are sleeping. Harvest the onion on the morning of the first day of the summer season. Set the timer to return the bulbs temperature to nighttime and wait for it to rise.

You can eat your garden grown red onion seeds to get the fiber it contains in its leaves. The oils in the leaves provide you with a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids that aid in lowering cholesterol levels. Fiber is also beneficial in alleviating constipation and reducing blood pressure. The nutrients and vitamins present in the red onion seeds make it an excellent addition to any diet. The wonderful thing about seeds is that they can be eaten to satisfy your hunger pangs as well as use them in other recipes.