Intro (spoiler)

We decided to talk about onions because it has got an important role in the story. When Stanley and Zero reach the Big Thumb (or God's Thumb) they only survive because they find onions to eat. And these same onions were the onions that Sam used to sell 110 years before in the same place.




Scientists think it probably comes from Central Asia, somewhere between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. The name 'onion' comes from the Latin word Unio, which means large pearl.


It is used in many foods, almost never eaten on its own, for its strong taste, but used as an accompainment for the main dishes.

Medicinal Properties

Scientists suggests that onions might be effective against the common cold, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis (bone disease),etc. They contain anti-inflammatory, anticholesterol, anticancer, and other components.

Why do people 'cry' when slicing onions?

When people slice the onions, its cells are broken, and a special enzyme breaks down a substance, creating an acid out of it. This acid is able to travel through the air and reach our eyes, where it's going to react with the tears glands producing tears.Onions.jpg

Did You Know?

Onions have high amounts of energy and water in them , and low amounts of calories. Onions increase blood circulation, lower blood pressure, and prevent blood clotting (blocking the veins and arteries).

Nutritional Information.

1 medium raw onion contains:
- 60 Calories
- 1 gram Protein
- 14 grams Carbohydrates
- 0 Fat
- 0 Cholesterol
- 10 mg Sodium
- 200 mg Potassium
- 11.9 mg Vitamin

An onion a day keeps the Doctor away