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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?
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Re: Red Onions

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

I've never had that Monika
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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.
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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.
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Re: Red Onions

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

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

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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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