Red Onions

General tips / questions on seeding & planting

Moderators: KG Steve, Chantal, Tigger, peter

Monika
KG Regular
Posts: 3670
Joined: Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:13 pm
Location: Yorkshire Dales
x 225

Red Onions

Postby Monika » Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:07 pm

I like eating raw red onion rings in salads but when I grew the over-wintering supposedly red onion Electric last year, they looked deep red from the outside but were completely white inside. Was it my cultivation or is there a red onion variety which is actually red (or, at least, has red-edged rings) inside?
0 x
robo
KG Regular
Posts: 1731
Joined: Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:22 pm
Location: st.helens
x 307

Re: Red Onions

Postby robo » Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:50 pm

I've never had that Monika
0 x
User avatar
Westi
KG Regular
Posts: 3530
Joined: Thu Oct 30, 2008 5:46 pm
Location: Christchurch, Dorset
x 268

Re: Red Onions

Postby Westi » Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:55 pm

Hi Monika!

I grew electric as well and although not totally white inside would have to say very pale pink in some of the rings but not red except for the very outer layers. (Nothing like store bought anyway), but still tasty but a wee bit stronger in taste.
0 x
Westi
tigerburnie
KG Regular
Posts: 802
Joined: Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:12 am
Location: Angus by the sea
x 181

Re: Red Onions

Postby tigerburnie » Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:03 pm

I grew Red Pearl and they are the best Red Onions I have ever grown, not massive, but nice bulbs that seem to be keeping quite well too.
0 x
Been gardening for 60 years and still learning
User avatar
Geoff
KG Regular
Posts: 4387
Joined: Thu Nov 24, 2005 6:33 pm
Location: Forest of Bowland
x 287

Re: Red Onions

Postby Geoff » Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:21 pm

Doesn't sound like they fulfil Monika's wish for red flesh.

Red Pearl.jpg
Red Pearl.jpg (120.25 KiB) Viewed 1646 times


These may be a little more red inside, though I haven't grown them.

Rossa di Toscana.jpg
Rossa di Toscana.jpg (129.06 KiB) Viewed 1646 times


I grow Red Baron from seed in clumps just like my white onions, they have some colour in the rings but are a bit variable in performance.
0 x
Monika
KG Regular
Posts: 3670
Joined: Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:13 pm
Location: Yorkshire Dales
x 225

Re: Red Onions

Postby Monika » Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:17 pm

Thank you. I have also just found that Franchi Seeds, available at RHS Harlow Carr, do a red long onion seed, Lunga di Firenze, so I might try those next year because Rossa di Toscana, suggested by you, Geoff, doesn't seem to be available any more.
0 x
jeff64
KG Regular
Posts: 52
Joined: Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:40 pm
Location: Rotherham
x 19

Re: Red Onions

Postby jeff64 » Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:15 pm

Monika, i have grown electric for the last three years and this year they were the same as yours,but they still taste nice, i have put them in again this autumn and they are already about 3" high.
0 x

Return to “Best practices”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests