My blog is about cooking and, generally, food preparation, not gardening, so I hesitated a lot before writing this post. On the other hand, isn’t growing edible plants a preliminary stage to the food preparation? Anyway, I couldn’t resist sharing this amusing experiment with you. It concerns food, it is effortless, easy, organic and it saves money, so I hope some of you might be interested.
I am sure some of you have already found sprouting onions in their pantry or kitchen. Even though I try to store onions in a cool, dark and dry place, this accident happens from time to time. Some of them are still edible, but some are all wilted and mushy and go straight to the bin. Two weeks ago I had an idea to experiment with a healthy, “normal” onion and see if I could encourage it to do what other onions do spontaneously. I planted a big yellow onion in a pot filled with soil. I watered it every day, waited, waited and have almost lost hope when finally, after ten days, beautiful spring onions started to grow at an impressive speed.
I suppose all the experimented gardeners will laugh at my discovery, but, as someone whose plant-growing activities are limited to balcony containers, I was really surprised. I would have never suspected a simple onion planted indoors would produce spring onions and so quickly. As soon as the onion started to sprout I obtained 7 x 10-12 cm leaves in hardly four days! It has also made me happy because, given the lack of space on my balcony, undemanding, indoors growing herbs are always welcome. If they behave like my chives, they will grow back very quickly too. In short, if you don’t have a garden, and not even a balcony, one ordinary onion can supply you with organic, fresh spring onions and spare you not only the money, but also grocery shopping efforts.
Take a big onion and plant it, covering 1/2 of its height, in a pot filled with soil.
Place it in any room you prefer, as long as there is some light during the day.
Water it every day, keeping the soil moist and wait patiently until the spring onions appear.
UPDATE: After three weeks I have already the third “generation” of leaves growing from the same onion bulb. I keep on cutting and it keeps on growing.