Revered for its medicinal values and healing potency, as well as the many uses in ancient rituals.
Buried with Pharoahs, mentioned in the Bible, written in Indian medicinal treatise, history has recorded its many uses, since the ancient times.
Today, researches have uncovered the many antioxidants and other healing nutrients found in the onions.
Shallots while closely related to the onions can be differentiated in a few ways, other than their scientific names:
Shallots is also the name used, in some parts of the world (e.g. In USA) for its green shoots, known as "spring onions" in other parts of the world.
Thankfully, scientists have also uncovered the chemical that causes us (well, some of us; including me) to tear when we cut/peel/crush onions/shallots. The chemical/enzyme found in onions/shallots, that makes us tear, is known as syn-propanethial-S-oxide.
While they are both related to the garlic, cutting/peeling/crushing
garlic does not cause the garlic to under go the same chemical changes
... thank goodness, too!
Apparently, this chemical forms as quickly as 30 seconds when the onion/shallot is peeled/cut/chopped ... so, if we can get the job done in less than 30 seconds, we are spared the tears!
Now Found\Grown in:
It has been suggested that we should be careful when peeling onions as a lot of the nutrients are in the outer layers of the onions. "Over-peeling" can lead to:
Peeling less means also, for those "sensitive" to onions, it will be less crying when peeling. ;-0
So, peeling less is a good thing ... more nutrients and less tears!
Contains quercetin, selenium and sulphur compounds, which have anti-bacterial capabilities.
Contains quercetin and sulphur compounds, which have anti-fungal capabilities.
Rich in quercetin, which has anti-inflammatory effects
Being antioxidant rich (especially in quercetin and selenium), it aids in reducing the risks of strokes.