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You've probably heard of all different varieties of onion (green and yellow), but have you ever stopped to consider the different types of onion used in cooking? There are so many different types available, that it's difficult to know which is the type that will go best with what. If you're a beginner cook, you may be overwhelmed by this aspect of cooking. It is important that you learn about all of the different types of onions and understand their uses before trying out a recipe. This article will give you some basic information about the different types of onions, so that you'll have the information you need before choosing a particular variety of onion for your next meal.
Black Seed orinales: This type of onion seeds is primarily found in northern climates, though it can also grow in southern areas of the United States. Black seed is generally smaller in size than the other varieties, and they are yellow or white in color. Black seed is the common name for white onions, which are typically used in dishes that require little skin, such as stews. Because of their small size, black onions don't tend to cook evenly; they will make a solid, or even brown "stodge" of food when being cooked.
White Seed orulares: These onions seeds aren't actually an onion, but rather a variety of potato. These onion seeds can be found all over the world, and are grown mainly in the warmer parts of the world. When these potatoes are exposed to varying temperatures, they open up and begin to form little black dots on the surface of the potatoes. When you cook these little black dots, you get the wonderful nutty flavor that people love so much about white onions.
Early Spring Bells: The earliest bulbs of these onions are usually the ones that are harvested when they're still soft and green from being stored in the field. Harvesting them in this way is usually best when you're preparing meals for your family in the coming months, because by the time spring rolls around, these bulbs will be hard and dry in your storage area. If you want to save some of these bulbs for later, try storing them in an airtight container, such as a plastic garbage bag. Then, in early spring, you can lightly mist each bulb with water and pull them out of their storage location. This should allow you to easily extract as many bulbs as you need for cooking. Remember to only remove the cores and not the skins, which will keep your cooking times short.
Late Seasoned Bells: When you're preparing meals for late season, or something that you intend to eat for a long time, you'll want to take special care with storing your black onion seeds. These bulbs usually remain dry for several weeks, which means that you won't have to worry about using high heat to dry them. You can put the bulbs in a single layer in a cool dry place. Leave the bag of seeds on the surface of the bag, but not sealed, so that air can circulate between the bulbs and the black seed. After a few days, you can gently turn the bulb, allowing the moisture to escape through the skin, and store it away.
Seed Heads: If you have allowed your onions to dry on the outside, but let them sit in a bag of saltwater on the bottom of your pot, you'll want to drain the water out before putting your black onion seeds into a separate container. The reason why you want to drain off the water before putting your seeds into a dry place is because you don't want to moisten the black seed heads when you transplant them into their new home. Soak your seed heads in a pan filled with warm, but not boiling, water for about two hours. Remove the seed heads from the pan and place them directly onto a large tray or platter made of dry leaves.
Second Year Bulbs: For those bulbs that you have bought that are only year-round products, there is little need to do anything at all to them. In fact, it's best to leave them be until the second year begins, when they are about to bloom again. If they are kept in a glass jar, they will continue to grow and produce year-round tomatoes for you, but if they are transplanted into a planting container or terracotta pots, they will probably stay dormant until the first frost.
When you transplant your onion seeds or bulbs into their new home, they will need some time to acclimate to their new environment. It is always best to start your seedlings in an area where they will get the light they need, but it is not necessary to provide artificial light. It is also usually best to keep your bulbs well watered for the first couple weeks after you bring them home. Keep your seedlings in a sunny location, but try to avoid heavy shade or heavy rain. This is particularly important for the beginning gardener who has not had a lot of experience with growing garden vegetables. With a little trial and error, you will be sure to end up with a healthy set of garden onion sets that will grow beautifully for years to come.