Here’s a fun fact… How long have onions been around?
The onion is an ancient vegetable thought to have come from Central Asia and has been grown for over 5000 years in Egypt, 2000 years in Italy and more widely in Europe during the Middle Ages.
In Ancient Egypt, the onion held a special place in the vegetable hierarchy as they were seen as a symbol of the universe, and were represented in carvings in pyramids built between 2500 and 2200 BC. Along with beer and bread, onions were also an important food for Egyptian peasants around 1200 BC and have been found depicted in many Egyptian tombs. Onions were also sold in the streets of Ur, in ancient Mesopotamia, 5000 years ago.
Greek physicians around 60 AD, prescribed onions for eating, as well as for medicinal reasons. Richard II, King of England, had many recipes using onions in his 1390 “cookbook.”