Fun Onion Facts
Did you know…?
- The three most common onion colors are yellow, red, and white.
- There are less than 1,000 onion farmers in the United States. Altogether, about 125,000 acres of onions are planted in the US each year.
- One serving of onion contains 45 calories.
- The average American eats almost 18.8 pounds of fresh and storage-type onions every year. To keep up, that’s 350 semi-truck loads of onions per day!
- The country that eats the most onions per capita is Libya, where each person eats about 66.8 lbs of onions every year.
- According to an old English Rhyme, the thickness of an onion’s skin can help predict the severity of the winter. Thin skins mean a mild winter is coming while thick skins indicate a rough winter ahead.
- According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest onion ever grown, weighed 10 pounds 14 ounces. It was grown by V. Throup of Silsden, England.
- Pace Foods (Picante sauce & salsas) uses about 21 million pounds of fresh onions every year.
- If you eat onions you can get rid of onion breath by eating parsley.
- Yellow onions make up more than 75% of the world’s production of onions.
- The official state vegetable of Georgia is the Vidalia onion.
- The official state vegetable of Texas is the Texas Sweet onion.
- In Blue Hill, Nebraska, no female wearing a “hat that would scare a timid person” can be seen eating onions in public.