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Description:The man and woman pictured here were in the process of choosing an array of healthy fruits and vegetables at a mobile produce market, and placing their choices into yellow, hand-held plastic baskets. In this particular view, they were discussing their food choices, the freshness, and nutritional attributes of each selection, in this case, the purple onions.
The onion is believed to have originated in Asia, though it is likely that onions may have been growing wild on every continent. Dating back to 3500 BC, onions were one of the few foods that did not spoil during the winter months. Our ancestors must have recognized the vegetable's durability and began growing onions for food.

The onion became more than just food after arriving in Egypt. The ancient Egyptians worshipped the onion, believing that its spherical shape and concentric rings symbolized eternity. Of all the vegetables that had their images created from precious metals by Egyptian artists, only the onion was made out of gold.

Today, onions are used in a variety of dishes and rank sixth among the world's leading vegetable crops. Onions not only provide flavor; they also provide health-promoting phytochemicals as well as nutrients.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Amanda Mills
Creation Date:2011
Photo Credit:Amanda Mills
Links:Health.gov: Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010
CDC - Vegetable of the Month: Onion
CDC – Nutrition for Everyone: Food Groups
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