The ancient Egyptians offered them to their gods, while the Greeks and Romans swore by their medicinal properties. Of the 600 species, about 30 are edible and less than half this figure are cultivated across the world.
By
Olivia Andrews

28 Mar 2013 - 3:28 PM  UPDATED 30 Jul 2014 - 5:02 PM

Recipes

Korea
Seafood and spring onion pancake (haemul pajeon)
Originating from the city of Busan in south-east Korea where it is eaten warm as a snack, often with makgeolli (Korean rice wine), haemul pajeon is a seafood and spring onion pancake.

Greece
Vegetarian rice dish (prasorizo)
Leeks are a member of the lily family and share the Allium genus with garlic and various onions. They are especially plentiful in winter.

Argentina
Onion and cheese pizza (fugazzeta)
With more than half the population believed to be of Italian descent, it should come as no surprise that Argentines have their own style of pizza.

Germany
Onion cake (zwiebelkuchen)
Literally meaning 'onion cake', zwiebelkuchen originated in south-west Germany and is similar to quiche.

 

 

Photography by Anson Smart

 

As seen in Feast magazine, November 2011, Issue 3. For more recipes and articles, pick up a copy of this month's Feast magazine or check out our great subscriptions offers here.