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 onion is not necessarily better in an onion. A very small (less than a few inches in diameter) purple onion can have just as thick and crunchy sections as a giant purple onion. Sometimes, in fact, it seems that the really giant purple onions can be a little mealy in texture more frequently than the smaller purple onions of comparable maturity.purple_onions_outer_skin_noPurple Onions with a few layers of onion skin removed

You can see that these onions are squat in stature. If you can find them even squater, that is even better. Ideally, the top and bottoms of these great purple onions are almost completely flat or sometimes even concave with the tuft coming out of a slight depression. Squat and fat is the key signature of the best, thickest, crispiest and most delectable purple onions.

You also can find that a sign of thick segments is the external appearance of ridges along the segments visible under the outermost layers of onion skin. This is a good hint that the segments inside may be thick and crisp.

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