Thursday, August 2, 2012

I stumbled on this site while re-obsessing on what kind of odd looking onion that Mary Jo and I scavenged from the trash at the Hillsborough Avenue open air market that immediately struck me that day as not a normal onion. I planted quite a few in a baby pool garden a few days later. But this morning, for the first time, I cut one open to add to an omelet and was VERY surprised that inside of what on the outside looks to be an oval white onion about the size of an ovoid walnut were 4-5 separate onions deep inside! The flavor was mild and sweet vs. in-your-face onion. $13 for 7 ounces of starter bulbs is a lot, but it could POSSIBLY give us a new perennial onion for central Florida while supporting a small scale grower. I'm thinking this is likely a "potato onion" variant....all potato onions are forms of the shallot, although I've yet to come even close to remembering the botanical name. I just can't get my mind around it. I shared this link on Facebook in hopes that other gardeners in central Florida, especially colder inland areas, will try it even though it is perennial in Texas. The fact that he emphasizes that it does not make seeds and is NOT an Egyptian Multiplier is what piqued my interest. John


  1. What I grew in the 70s that was called that was not an onion but an ornamental.