The 27th of June is Onion Day.
This is a very teary day for some, to be sure.
Do you prefer onions fresh, pickled, or cooked in some other form — caramelized, or in an onion soup?
So many dishes just would not taste the same without an onion in them. A shortage of onions during World War Two in England exasperated cooks there. Onions had disappeared from the shelves of greengrocers early in the war. Previously, they had been imported from Bermuda, Brittany, and the Channel Islands so cheaply that it hadn’t been worth anyone’s time to try to grow them in large quantities in Britain. Onions became so rare that they would be prizes for raffles and contests. (See: The Great Onion Scarcity.)
In the United States, there is actually a National Onion Association dedicated to the promotion of onions.
Activities for Onion Day
Try to have onions for breakfast, lunch and dinner today!
Remember, they can be served in many forms, including:
- onion rings;
- a blooming onion;
- onion gravy;
- onion soup;
- French fried onions.
Alsatian Onion Tart
Bacon and Onion
Cheese and Onion
Corn and Onion Quiche
Baked Rosemary Onions
French Onion Tart
Onion Sauce for Hot Dogs
Pickled Onion Relish
Pizza Bianca with Onion and Gorgonzola Cheese
Sausage and Glazed Onion Rolls
Sausages with Onion and Guinness Gravy
Onion day marks when the U.S. National Onion Association was founded in 1913:
“The National Onion Association founded National Onion Day on June 27, 2019, to honor the anniversary of the association. They represent almost 500 onion growers, shippers, packers and associated members across the country and officially incorporated on June 27, 1913, in Ohio. The association celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013.” They paid the webmaster of NationalCalendarDay.com to list it as a “national” day on the web site. Accessed May 2021 at https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-onion-day-june-27/
The earliest mention of ‘Onion Day’ appearing in print that CooksInfo is aware of dates from 2020:
“National Onion Day: June 27”. — Easterly, Ivy. June: How did it get so late so soon? Brownsville, Texas: The Brownsville Herald. Thursday, 28 May 2020. Page A34, col. 1.
CNN. National Onion Day. Albany, New York: News 10. 27 June 2020. Accessed May 2021 at https://www.news10.com/news/national-onion-day/
How Will You Celebrate National Onion Day? National Onion Association. 24 June 2019. Accessed May 2021 at https://www.onions-usa.org/onionista/how-will-you-celebrate-national-onion-day/
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