(Family Features) - As you cruise the marketplace looking for fresh, healthy and quick ways to incorporate more produce into your meals, stop and smell the onions!
Onions not only provide flavor and texture to dishes, they also provide health-promoting phytochemicials as well as nutrients. Another plus: Onions are low in calories. A 1/2-cup serving of chopped raw onions has just 30 calories.
According to the National Onion Association, the domestic spring/summer fresh onion crop will be available to retailers March through August. These onions' thin, light-colored skins distinguish them from the storage variety, which have thick, dark-colored, multiple layers of skin (available August through April). The spring/summer fresh onion crop is available in yellow, red and white.
Spring/summer fresh onions are crisp and have a mild flavor. Some varieties are referred to as sweet onions. Being higher in water content than the storage varieties, the fresh delicate taste makes them the ideal choice for salads, salsas or any lightly cooked or grilled dish.
The following blooming onion recipe can be baked or grilled and is a quick and healthy alternative to the battered and fried version.
For more recipes, send a stamped, self-addressed, business-size envelope to the National Onion Association, Department 106-F, 822 7th Street, Suite 510, Greeley, CO 80631 or visit www.onions-usa.org.