The Onion

I love onions. The more, the tastier, in my opinion. Cooked pretty much any way imaginable and in sweet jams, as well. I keep threatening to make candied onions. One of these days I will. They're easy to grow and very pretty. There's very little waste as all of the plant is edible but for the roots. The little wild onions that grow in my lawn are one of the first signs of spring for me and the first plant I start foraging for every year. Below are the three kinds of domesticated onions you are most likely to find. Let's see what can be learned about this humble plant.

Allium cepa

By Rainer Haessner (Own work (self photographed)) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)

A. fistulosa

Forest & Kim Starr [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

A. proliferum

By SEWilco (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html),

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