Selection - Choose
onions that are firm with unblemished, papery skin and no
signs of sprouting.
Storage - Store onions
in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight (which may cause
sprouting). Wooden onion storage boxes are ideal.
Preparation - Peel
onions in cold water to prevent your eyes from watering. Cover
and boil for 15-20 minutes for small onions, 30-35 minutes
for large onions until tender. Or steam covered for 15-20
minutes for small onions, 30-35 minutes for larger onions,
To microwave: Place in 1 1/2-quart casserole with 1/4 cup
water. Cover and microwave for 7-9 minutes until tender. Let
stand for 2 minutes.
- Onions provide fiber and folate. One serving size, 1/2 cup
(boiled), has 30 calories.
Benefits - Onions
are high in folate, which is beneficial for pregnant women.