Bulb onions are vegetables I consider a must have for the table. Bulb onions (Allium cepa) span ancient to modern times in cultivation, determined to be domesticated in central Asia and eventually distributed globally by trade for their unique piquant presence. Historically, Alexander the Great transported onions from Egypt to Greece in fourth century BCE, setting the stage for European distribution through his campaigns.

Members from the Columbus expeditions cultivated bulb onions in Hispaniola as early as 1494, introducing a commodity that became well established as a staple in North America by the nineteenth century.

Stephen Brueggerhoff is a horticulture county agent for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Galveston County. Contact him at 979-864-1558 or sbrueggerhoff@tamu.edu.

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