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How 'bout them onions?

Posted Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at 7:05 AM

Egyptian Onions from Cherokee2
One of our fellow gardeners brought this plant to Bell Buckle to show what an Egyptian onion is all about.

I was amazed at the size and now I hope Cherokee2 will share his experiences with them. I have so many questions, but I thought it best to ask here so we can all get involved.

Do you propagate using the "walking" technique or...?

Do you eat the main bulb or the tops? Slicing or cooking whole?

What's it taste like? Sweet, Hot?

How do they grow here, besides BIG!


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Parent is very hardy. Seems to live as long as it is in ground and occasionally get water. Even the green shoots are edible. But best time to eat parent onion (for tenderness) is before it creates it's trunk for the sprouts.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Tue, Jun 7, 2011, at 5:46 PM

Will the parent overwinter a second year or is it done?

Will the new bulb be good to eat until it start to set the plants or are the new bulbs the best edible part?

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jun 7, 2011, at 3:50 PM

We'll look for you and your oldtimerz so we can remind you why you came.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jun 7, 2011, at 3:45 PM

The main onion is a little tough unless you really cook it and bulbs are slightly garlicky, but pickel well. The fastest way to get it propagating is remove bulbs from stem and replant.I had mine in the ground all winter. They weather very well. If I can remember, I will try to bring some bulbs Friday. My oldtimerz picks on me alot.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Tue, Jun 7, 2011, at 12:41 PM

Finally got them in Cherokee2!

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jun 7, 2011, at 7:05 AM

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