How to Plant And Take Care Of Your Onion Seeds
Black onion (CITES L.) is very rich in nutritional value. The seeds have several vitamins, proteins, and essential minerals in them. It is also a good source of essential fatty acids. Black onion is known for its medicinal importance. The oil extracted from the seeds is called black onion oil. It is used for several body conditions by people of Indian origin.
These diseases that can be treated with onion seed are anemia, bronchitis, colitis, diarrhea, dysentery, hemorrhoids, inflammation of the bladder and kidney, piles, rheumatism, throat, and stomach. All these conditions can be caused by an imbalance in the diet or by exposure to infections. Anemia is caused by underdevelopment of red blood cells. Bronchitis is caused by infection of the bronchial tubes or by smoking in the second year. Colitis is a form of inflammation of the colon or of the large intestine. Diarrhea is a condition of excessive urination.
However, most of the above conditions are not entirely caused by an imbalance in the diet, and there could be other factors causing them. It would be interesting to know whether onions have any contribution to these conditions. It seems that they do, judging from the way people of ancient times chewed on the black seeds. They seemed to feel better, perhaps as a substitute for medicine. Since onion seeds and rhizomes have strong flavors, it may be that they found some medicinal value in them.
Black onion flowers and roots are available from late winter to early spring. Harvesting them before the flowers and stems turn yellow is not recommended since the quality of the resulting crop will be lower. They can be harvested and stored either in the refrigerator or in the freezer. The best way to dry them is to leave them in an airtight plastic bag in the freezer until they are completely dry. Afterward, you can spread them on bread, sandwiches, or mixed in with salad ingredients.
The seeds and the root ball of the larger bulbs, however, should be left in their original container until they are dry. This is to make sure that the amount of water retained by the seed heads is negligible and that the overall crop is as good as it can be. After the seeds and root balls are dry, they can be placed in the vegetable garden and just left to get their own good dry place.
Black seed heads and bulbs are available in different sizes and shapes. Some varieties produce small, dark green leaves while others grow large, bushy green leaves. The larger bulbs produce a thicker, fuller crop than the smaller ones. It takes a bit longer to grow onions from these larger bulbs, but if you want to be able to harvest them as soon as they come up, the longer bulbs are your best bet.
One type of bulb, the Black Seedling, produces a bulb that has a black band on it. They do not have green leaves, so they are easier to recognize. These varieties produce the finest onion seeds. The onion seeds from these varieties are dried in a dry place, and they are very easy to grow. They may take several months before they are ready to harvest, but they can produce crops that rival any other bulbs grown for their price.
You will be able to enjoy fresh onion seeds for about a year before they lose their flavor. That's the reason it is important to plant them quickly, and to ensure that they are at the right temperature to encourage their growth. When the weather begins to turn cold, move your seedlings indoors, and wait for the right time to plant. You'll be glad you did!