The Incomparable Purple Onions / Red Onions

Also sometimes called Italian onions or Italian Red Onions, purple onions are our favorite onion for all of our wok recipes with one caveat. We want our onion sections to be crispy and thick - absurdly thick is even better. The right sort of purple onions are the best for this kind of segment profile The best onions in the world for these extra thick segments are the super squat purple onions, but sadly they aren't usually available year round. While you will likely see purple onions in other shapes and sizes throughout the entire year, the super squat and crazy thick segmented purple onions tend to come only in the fall in North America where we do our onion shopping. If you find them - hoard them. You can store them for quite some time while the season is off.purple_onions_wholeFresh Purple Onions with Thick Sections Inside!

You can keep these purple onions refrigerated (not in bags or they will rot) for quite a while if you are lucky. If you get cursed with a mold or rot, then you have to wait until the next season and be very very sad! Try to keep your stored onions separated from one another enough that if one goes bad, you can remove it and save the others.

Purple Onions Partly Peeled

Purple Onions Partly Peeled

Sometimes you'll see your purple onions with a few layers of outer skin removed to make them look more appealing for sale at the market (or farmer's market). This doesn't make them any better - it's just eye candy. You will also find that bigger in an…

Purple Onions | The First Cuts

Purple Onions | The First Cuts

The first step in preparing your purple onion for wokking in your jumbo shrimp and prawn wok recipes is to slice off the top and bottom of the onion and peel off any of the thin and/or decayed layers of onion skin. You should not have to worry if the one…

Purple Onion Segments Separated

Purple Onion Segments Separated

When we prepare our purple onions for cooking we always break the individual onion segments by hand to appreciate their texture and know what to discard and what to keep (in case there is any rot). The thinnest onion segments can sometimes be bitter…

Purple Onions Ready for the Wok

Purple Onions Ready for the Wok

When you have broken up your purple onion segments into the crispy flavorful pieces for your chosen wok recipe, set them aside as you'll be adding them for most jumbo prawn wok recipes towards the end of the wokking around when the peas will go into the…

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