Saturday, April 17, 2010

Today's Macro Photo -- Onion bulb roots

MacroPhotoFun  Although the onion is known to have been cultivated for the last 5000 years, is it assumed that humans have been eating them for much longer than that, since onions grow wild on every continent. The onion has had a wide range in status, from being a lowly commoner food, to being prescribed for medicinal purposes, and to being worshiped in Egypt. In today’s world onions have achieved the status of a food staple. Globally 175 counties produce about 105 billion pounds of bulb onions. About 8 percent of the global onion production is traded internationally. The leading onion producing countries are China, India, United States, Turkey and Pakistan, in that order.

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