Fresh Onions (Allium cepa) are the backbone of most savory dishes, but can produce a wide range of flavors depending on how you cook them.
From the sharp pungency of raw to the sweet silkiness of caramelized, how you cook your onions will have a big influence on your meals outcome, making them one of the most versatile vegetables majorly because they change flavor, depending on cooking time.
This means that while cooking Onions for 5 minutes would give your dish a particular flavor, cooking them for 30 minutes over low heat, would result in a completely different flavor. The taste of your onions also vary with the type of onion used. There are two categories of Onions; Dry and Green. Dry onions include red, yellow and white onions, amongst a few, while Green onions include spring onions, leeks and scallions. Onions also come in powdered form, but for the purpose of this post, we shall examine dry onions being that they are more commonly used in Nigerian cuisine.
Yellow onions, which are the most common ones, have a nutty, mellow and often sweet flavor when caramelized. They have a high sulfur taste with a pungent flavor and smell. These criminals are most often the ones responsible for your tears when cutting. It is advisable to refrigerate your onions shortly before cooking, in order to avoid the teary eye episode.
Red onions, on the other hand, have a flavor that is mild and quite sweet, good for salads, marinades, salsas and roasts. This is also a preferable option for people who make Suya (charcoal grilled cow meat) and Asun, because of their bright color and crunchy taste. They are also used as toppings for meals.
Nutritionally, Onions are quite enriched. They contain calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, selenium and phosphorus, and are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, and dietary fiber.
Onions are natural tastemakers. You could even go as far as saying that they are the vegetable form of bouillon cubes, loading dishes with various flavors and aromas.
To get the best out of Onions, fry fresh onions in a healthy soya oil as Grand Pure Soya Oil and add to your near-ready food, along with the quantity of steamed oil you need.
So get on the natural and healthy side of life. Use natural and healthy spices for your cooking always. Your heart friendly Grand Pure Soya Oil ensures that you eat healthy, at all times.