Stokes Purple® Sweet Potato
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Tosca onions are elongated, torpedo-shaped bulbs that weigh around 140 grams. Each bulb grows in a single clove, and ranges from 12 to 17 centimeters long. Their shiny, parchment-like skin is light-gold to tan in color, and their flesh is creamy white. Tosca onions offer a rich, mildly sweet flavor with hints of nuttiness, like a blend between the flavor of an onion and a shallot.
Tosca onions are available in the fall and winter.
Tosca onions are a European specialty onion, and are botanically classified as Allium cepa. They are considered a winter variety, as they store well during winter months.
Tosca onions contain vitamins A, C and B, as well as the essential minerals of calcium, iron, magnerium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium.
Tosca onions may be roasted, or sautéed until golden. They impart a shallot-like sweetness and depth of flavor to soups, stocks, broths and sauces, and may be used in place of other onions. Flavor pairings include mushrooms, red wine, and herbs such as parsley, sorrel and thyme. To use Tosca onions, score the skin across the length of the bulb, and peel it off before chopping. Their shape works well for lots of symmetrical slices. Store Tosca onions in a cool, dry place where they are good for up to 2 months.
Onions are presumably a prehistoric crop that has been cultivated for around 5,000 years. The Romans used onions regularly, and believed that onions could help heal mouth sores and toothaches, and even dysentery. Onions in Europe date back to the Middle Ages. They were important crops along that were sometimes even used as rent payments and wedding gifts.
It is unclear exactly where the Tosca onion originated, although their seeds are found for sale around Europe. Because their bulbs are long and thin, they are an ideal variety for growing in gardens with limited space.