Long Red Florence
Traditional fresh eating variety from the Mediterranean. Torpedo shaped bulbs average 4-6″ long. Excellent mild flavor, for fresh eating or short term storage. Excellent when grilled, or sauteed in olive oil.
Red Of Florence Onion Seeds History
Long Red Florence is an Italian heirloom originating from Tuscan, Italy sometime in the 1800s. This heirloom is also known by a number of other names: Rouge de Florence, Rossa di Firenze, Rossa Lunga Di Firenze, Rossa di Toscana, Florence Simiane, Italian Torpedo or Italian Red Torpedo and Long de Florence Simane. Not that other onion varieties aren’t appealing or anything, but these are exceptionally so to me – likely because I have a thing for stuff outside the norm. These onions are elongated in shape (resembling a torpedo) and red in color. Their mildly sweet flavor and tenderness, along with ease of growth, make the onions yet another winner in the garden.
Long Red Florence Growing Instructions
Onions can be planted in the spring and fall seaons. Generally speaking, plant onion sets outdoors when the weather is cool—not cold. Ideally, outdoor temperatures shouldn’t dip below 28°F (-2°C) after planting. A fall-planted crop of onions needs at least 4 to 6 weeks of warm temperatures to become established in the ground. They will reamin dormant during the cool season, but be all primed and ready to grow when spring arrives. Fall onions often grow much larger and better tasting than same-year planted onions. In regions with a frigid winter, it’s best to plant onions in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring—usually late March or April.
Preserving And Storing Long Red Florence Onion Seeds
you could freeze them in sheets and then break off sections as you need it for cooking projects. Just chop the onions and place them into portion size freezer bags. I put mine into one cup portions, which makes it easy to remove a bag from the freezer and add it directly to a recipe. Click here to learn more.
Red Of Florence Onion Seeds Recipe
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. Click Here to learn this recipe.
Onions may have several health benefits, mostly due to their high content of antioxidants and sulfur-containing compounds. They have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects and have been linked to a reduced risk of cancer, lower blood sugar levels, and improved bone health.
Commonly used as a flavoring or side dish, onions are a staple food in many cuisines. They can be baked, boiled, grilled, fried, roasted, sautéed, powdered, or eaten raw. Onions vary in size, shape, and color, but the most common types are white, yellow, and red. The taste ranges from mild and sweet to sharp and spicy, depending on the variety and season.
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