Curing Onions - Knowledgebase Question

San Diego, CA
Question by sdjared
May 12, 2001
Once I've harvested my onions how do I cure them and store them?


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Answer from NGA
May 12, 2001

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Onions are fully mature when their tops have fallen over. After pulling from the ground allow the onion to dry, clip the roots and cut the tops back to one inch. The key to preserving onions and to prevent bruising is to keep them cool, dry and separated. As a general rule, the sweeter the onion, the higher the water content, and therefore the less shelf life. A more pungent onion will store longer so eat the sweet varieties first and save the more pungent onions for storage.

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