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Red Creole Onion

Red Creole Onion

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Red Creole Slow Food USA - Ark of Taste
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100 to 190 days — 'Red Creole' onions develop into small to medium sized bulbs that are thick, flat, and light-red in color. Their flesh is firm, purple-red, and can be pungent. Bred specifically for use in the Southern United States, 'Red Creole' is a good, short day, storage variety.

Red onions are rich in the beneficial carotenoid lycopene, which are effective at scavenging the molecules that have been linked to cancer-causing free radicals. Bright red vegetables are also shown to be useful in increasing blood flow and circulation which is beneficial for heart and lung health.

Once a very common onion grown in the South, especially in Louisiana, 'Red Creole' was determined to not be as economically profitable for large agricultural operations, and since these are the guys that determine what you buy at your local market, "Creole-type" onions have been replaced by Red Bermuda and White Sweet onions. If you really want to eat something traditional and tasty, try combining them into dishes that call for the combination of peppers, onions, and celery. They can be deliciously pungent with a spicy-sweet flavor that mellows and sweetens when grilled and caramelized. Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 200 seeds.

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Planting Instructions: Onions have a shallow root system and are adapted for well drained, rich, loam-type soil. Either start seeds indoors, or directly into the garden, in a sunny location, from April to mid-July.

Plant onion seeds ½ inch deep, two to four seeds per inch in rows spaced twelve to sixteen inches apart. Thin the plants to four inches apart to allow the bulbs room to develop. Use thinnings as green onions.