Red Onions

Red onions have purplish-red skin and white flesh tinged with red. They tend to be medium to large in size and have a mild to sweet flavor. They are often consumed raw, grilled or lightly cooked with other foods. They tend to lose their color when cooked.


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Health Benefits

  • Contain anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant.

  • Contains sulfur, which contributes to the health of cells.

  • May help maintain normal blood sugar levels.

How To:



Choose firm dry onions with shiny, tissue-thin skins. "Necks" should be tight and dry. If they look too dry or discolored or have soft, wet spots, they aren't fresh.



  1. Using a sharp chef's knife, slice about a half an inch off the top of the onion and discard.
  2. Turn the onion to rest on this flat end and slice in half vertically and peel off the layers.
  3. Remove and discard the skin.
  4. Chop vertically, then take one onion half and lay it flat on your cutting board.
  5. Holding the root end, carefully cut vertically, making sure not to slice all the way through.
  6. Leave the root side intact to make chopping easier.
  7. Chop horizontally. Rotate the onion and slice vertically down through the onion, still leaving the root end intact.
  8. Discard the root end and repeat with the remaining half of the onion.


Dry onions keep three to four weeks if stored in a dry, dark and cool location. Once chopped, store your red onion in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Better For You Tip

Red onions are a great low-calorie way to flavor foods.