We all know that scallions may be an important ingredient in a tasty food. If you want to try something special, the solution is definitely Heshiko Bunching scallion, a variety of heirloom bunching onion.
Origin and History of Onion and Scallion
Ancient Egypt is considered the place of origin for the scallion. The Egyptians thought it was a divine plant with many beneficial properties and used it as a medical remedy.
Its strong reputation as a healing plant is due to Roman physician Pliny the Elder, who first wrote about it.
Although over two millennia passed, the interest in this flavored vegetable has not declined.
In folk medicine of all European peoples it is said that scallion gives long life. And indeed, the centenarian populations in the Caucasus and the ones from Bulgarian areas with great longevity, consider scallion a shield against disease. Many of the people who lived over 100 years have attributed their extraordinary vitality to onions, which they fed with daily from early childhood.
Few interesting things about onion:
- Workers who built the pyramids were paid in onions and remains of onions were found at the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb .
- Scallions are an important element of Romans basic food. Incidentally, Roman legionnaires were those who spread onions in central Europe.
- Onions had been cultivated as a herb, a spice and a vegetable since 5000 years ago. In ancient Egypt, the plant was offered to the gods.
- After eating scallion, you may get rid of the smell by chewing some fresh parsley leaves. You may also use coffee or mint to relief bad breath.
- In times of epidemics, onions were used for the antiseptic qualities.
- In the Second World War, onion paste was used to reduce pain and accelerate the healing of wounded soldiers.
Also called “Evergreen White Bunching”, Japanese Bunching Onion or Allium fistulosum (scientific name), Heshiko is similar to conventional scallion, but has a stronger, hot flavor. It is amongst the few scallion varieties that won’t form a bulb.
Scallions are a good source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C, iron, antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, potassium, folate and fiber.
Due to the properties of allicin, garlic and scallions are efficient remedies in treating respiratory virus diseases and cardiovascular diseases. Eating them prevents prostate cancer, lung cancer and removes some of the harmful effects of smoking. Scallion intake may increase by 10% the speed of thought and up to 20% the memory speed.
Children who eat scallions daily may grow faster. Because of the high content of calcium, it prevents osteoporosis and increases bone strength. Onion is known as one of the most powerful natural antibiotic. It has antimicrobial properties, detoxifies the body, stimulates the immune system and reduces inflammation. Onions not only can cure colds and flu, but they are recommended for regulating blood pressure, improving digestion, relieving cough and sore throat.
While being a great addition to many dishes, scallion Heshiko Bunching pairs well with certain foods:
- Other spices like anise, bay leaf, basil, chili peppers, cinnamon, cilantro, cloves, dill, curry, garlic, nutmeg, paprika, oregano, parsley, sage, thyme, rosemary
- Vegetables like bell pepper, carrots, greens, mushrooms, potatoes, tomatoes
- Cheeses like goat cheese or Parmesan, cream cheese
- Egg dishes
- Dijon mustard, vinegar
- Lemon juice
- Oils like olive, sesame