Onion (Allium cepa 'Ebenezer') in the Onions Database

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Vegetable
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Ca (Calcium)
Na (Sodium)
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Pollinators: Bees
Various insects

Ebenezer onions curing under our cottage porch

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Location: My garden, Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens in South Amana, IADate: 2009-08-24Ebenezer onions curing under our cottage porch
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Location: My garden, Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens in South Amana, IADate: Fall 2009
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Posted by LarryR (South Amana, IA - Zone 5a) on Oct 3, 2012 11:56 AM

This is a popular onion in the Northeast and Upper Midwest because of its winter keeping qualities. It was introduced by the Amana Inspirationists who brought it to the Amana villages in Iowa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...) after a brief sojourn at Ebenezer, New York. Oral tradition has it that huge surpluses in the Ebenezer kitchen gardens resulted in the sale of this onion on the nearby Buffalo, NY, market. Its popularity was quickly established because of its superb keeping qualities over winter. It is occasionally still available through such well-known firms as Burpee Seeds. Whether its counterpart in Germany still survives is not known.

Culture is identical to other varieties. (Onion production is a three-stage process. Mature onions planted in spring produce seed, which is harvested in summer. The following spring, the seed is planted to its thickness and produces small onions called “sets.” These are harvested in late summer and stored in a cool, dark place over winter. Sets planted the next spring produce mature onions.) The mature onion is yellow, of medium size, and has a semi-mild flavor.

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