Where is onion cultivated?
Among the most widely cultivated species of Allium, onions are produced in 170 countries around the world for domestic use or trade. Every year 9.2 million acres are harvested around the world. Much of this general production is done in China, India, and the U.S., which are the three primary sources for the world’s onion.
However here at Olam, we source all of our onions from the southern tip of California in the Imperial Valley to the northernmost part of California, near Tulelake.
Simple applications of bulk onion
So, what can onions be used for? Onions have many simple applications, including:
- Add chopped onions to soups, sauces, and stews for fresh flavor
- Diced onions make great additions to dips, condiments
- Rehydrate chopped onion pieces too add on sandwiches, burgers, and pizza
- Granulated onion powder can be used like salt in dressings and marinades
- Minced onions can be added to hamburger patties, sausages, meatballs, meat substitute, and more for flavorful texture and taste
History of onions
For over 5,500 years, onions have been a primary vegetable all over the world. Originating in central Asia, scientists believe the onion was domesticated by Babylonians in central Asia, the Middle East, and countries like Iran and West Pakistan. As soon as organized onion cultivation started, many civilizations became dependent on the flavorful, durable, and easy-to-grown onion. Among the many properties that onions have, their ability to prevent thirst, be useful for medicines, and provide an excellent source for energy has made them very beneficial across history.
As the cultivation of the onion spread to the four corners of the globe, it has been widely grown in many different soil types and regions throughout the world. In fact, according to some records, onions were the first vegetable ever to be planted in North America by the colonists.
If you or your business are looking to interchange fresh onions with dehydrated onions below you will find appropriate conversions. 1 average onion = 1 teaspoon (tsp) dried onion or 1 teaspoon (tsp) onion powder or 1 teaspoon (tsp) granulated onion