Friday, April 15, 2011

Day 137 - Revenge of the Onion

Day 137.

Hey, do you guys remember all those onions I used to have a couple of weeks ago? Well I must confess that I didn't end up using them all for the post. I actually kept one or two around for sentimental reasons or something because I'm kind of a sap like that. But then, today as I was cleaning my room for the first time in months, I noticed something pretty weird.

What the hell?

Yeah, it looks like some kind of freak alien salad fingers is trying to claw its way out of this onion's womb. I was pretty freaked out--shit was too sporelike. But then I picked it up and realized... it's just flowering... or something.

I mean, this is all still pretty weird to me because let's face it--I'm no professor of herbology. Julia Child did not prepare me for this! How the hell was I supposed to know that leaving an onion chilling in the dark under a chair for a few weeks would make the thing flower? This is not something they teach you in college! Can any of you amateur foodies/gardeners tell me what's going on here? Should I be concerned? I keep picturing a Little Shop of Horrors type scenario playing out here soon, which to be honest, would be kind of awesome.

What I wouldn't give to be Rick Moranis for just one day.

Or maybe I just have a green thumb. Please, someone tell me what's going on before I go ahead and invest the rest of my college tuition in expensive seeds.

In the meantime, I will continue to grow my precioussssss until it's ready to do master's bidding.

I realize that onions don't just turn into tomatoes.


Julie & Julia 
Quote of the Day: "So the onion is ready, but..."


  1. It's totally normal onion behavior, as it turns out. I remember the first time it happened to me, though. It was a similar messy dorm related incident, and it also freaked me out enough for me to blog about it.

    I saved mine, and the green part got bigger, sucking all the life essence out of the bulb until it was a withered papery shell. I ate the green part then, so I guess I still won. You should do the same. Or plant it and see what happens.

  2. The bulb of the onion is the lowest part of the stem of the plant. Down at the bottom you have a small amount of the roots. At the top of the onion, there used to be leaves coming out. They are removed for harvest and the onion is allowed to dry a little (thus giving you the papery outsides). But, the onion is still alive, and will eventually grow out the leaves that were once removed. I think that it uses the energy stored in the bulb to re-grow the leaves. If this was surprising for you, you should try hiding a potato away for a while. SCIENCE!

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