Named after an island off the coast of Scotland and first introduced in 1887 by David Murray, the gardener for the Marquis of Ailsa, at Culzean Castle. A great globe shaped, straw colored onion, sure to impress, capable of growing to 2 pounds each.
Alisa Craig Onion History
Alisa Craig Onion was named after an island off the coast of Scotland and first introduced in 1887 by David Murray, the gardener for the Marquis of Ailsa, at Culzean Castle. A great globe shaped, straw colored onion, sure to impress, capable of growing to 2 pounds each. Mild and sweet, best used fresh from the garden, not intended for long term storage. Long-day type, great for the south.
Growing Ailsa Criag Onion Seeds
Onions are a cool-season crop and can stand temperatures well below freezing. They may be planted from seeds, from small bulbs called sets, or from transplants. Seeding costs the least but takes longer before onions are ready. When seeding onions for bulbs, plant them ¼ inch deep during October through December. Place the seeds 1 inch apart. When the plants are about 6 inches high, thin them to one plant every 2 to 3 inches. Eat the extra plants as green onions. If you use sets or transplants, plant them ¾ inch deep and 3 inches apart.
Onions grow best when the garden soil is fertilized correctly. Spread 2 to 3 pounds of a fertilizer such as 10-10-10 over a 100-square-feet of garden area. Measure and spread the fertilizer; then mix it with the top 3 to 4 inches of soil. Watering once a week usually is enough in the spring. But you may need to water more often during dry, windy weather. Water onions slowly and deeply to help grow strong, healthy roots.
Onions seeded in October/December or transplanted in January/February should produce bulbs in May/July. If used as green onions, they may be picked from the time they are pencil size until they begin to form bulbs. For dry-bulb onions, let the plants grow larger. The onions are ready when the main stem begins to get weak and fall (Fig. 3). Pull the plants out of the soil. Leave them lying in the garden for 1 to 2 days to dry. Then remove the tops and roots and let them keep drying in baskets or boxes
Preserving And Storing Alisa Craig Onion
Avoid storing whole, unpeeled onions in the fridge, as they easily absorb moisture. Doing so may cause them to become mushy and spoil faster. Storing whole onions in the fridge exposes them to cold, humid conditions. Since they absorb moisture very easily, they may become mushy and spoil faster. However, this does not apply to peeled, sliced or diced onions. Peeled onions can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks, while diced or sliced onions will only last for 7–10 days.
Ailsa Craig Recipes
These Marinated Slow Roasted Onions are a side dish that are worth you taking a look at. Really. Not your typical side dish like a green bean casserole or a baked potato, these onions caramelize roasting in a bath of red wine vinegar, brown sugar and spices
Onions consist mostly of water, carbs, and fiber. Their main fibers, fructans, can feed the friendly bacteria in your gut, though they may cause digestive problems in some people. They contain decent amounts of vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6, and potassium, which provide a number of benefits. Onions are rich in plant compounds and antioxidants, especially quercetin and sulfur-containing compounds. Colorful varieties, such as yellow or red ones, pack more antioxidants than white ones. They have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. They may lower blood sugar levels, improve bone health, and reduce the risk of several types of cancers. Onions may cause adverse digestive effects in some people, and raw onion can cause eye and mouth irritation. Onions may be toxic to some animals.
Other Onion Varieties Worth Checking Out
Yellow Sweet Spanish Onion. Large, globe-shaped yellow-skinned onion with a crisp, firm white flesh that keeps well. A long day onion, it develops late in the season in the North.
The White Sweet Spanish Onion is a reliable producer of white skinned, mild, sweet onions. Best used fresh out of the garden, but can be stored for a short time. Bulbs typically grow 1-2 pounds, average keeper. Introduced in 1961. Long day.