Fonts, M-P

O = Onions

O is for Old English Text
The Old English Font, according to Wikipedia, is a revival of William Caslon’s typeface Caslon Black The old English, also known as Black letter, dates back to 1000 years ago when it was used as a script throughout Western Europe.

Allium Cepa

I chose to do a blog on onions because for very long they have been my arch-nemesis among the food groups. I can only take them in small doses. Since onions and I have such a long-standing and frequently hostile relationship, I thought I would finally find out a little more about them.

My own story goes something like this:

140413 -  - medium-6The onion story goes like this:

Onions are cultivated and used around the world. I know this for a fact since they seem to be everywhere. They are about as ubiquitous as a vegetable can get.

The onion plant Allium cepais does not exist in the wild, but it is estimated that it has been cultivated for at least 7,000 years. Traces of onion remains have been found in Bronze Age settlements that date back 5000 years BC.

In this post I’m looking solely at the cultivated, domestic onions and leaving out all of the genus Allium wild onions which are deserving of their own post. Not that I’m likely to write such a post unless I get a lot of comments requesting such.

Domestic onion facts and histories (I love history, even that of onions) are of interest to me

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In Greece the large quantities of onions were believed to balance the blood and later in Rome, gladiators rubbed down with onions to firm up their muscles.

In the Middle Ages there is evidence that people could pay their rent with onions or they were also popular as wedding gifts. That would make life so much simpler today.

Onions, due to their large cells, are often used to teach microscope use and for basic instruction in the structure of cells

When applied to the scalp onions are said to promote growth of hair.

140413 -  - medium-13Please remember

all domestic onions and other species of Allium are deadly for pets. Dogs and cats can’t digest the sulfoxides found in onions.

If you like onions, or histories of commodities such as the onion then the National Onion Association has the perfect website:

Onions are good, very good, for most people’s health. Among some of the health claims for onions are cancer prevention and cardiovascular help.

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Onions may not like me, and I might not be all that fond of them, but this post has taught me how beneficial they are and how rich a history is behind them. May all of you enjoy your onions to the fullest.



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