The Onion, chop it and it makes you cry, eat it raw and it makes your breath smell less than pleasant but it is almost indispensable when it comes to adding flavor to most cooked dishes and these red ones sure are pretty to look at! When I began my ongoing "Culinary Encaustics" series I looked to the everyday vegetables that we all tend to take for granted, there is great beauty in the colours and shapes of these yummy tubers..
I'm not sure how nutritious they are but on the advice of one much older and wiser than I, I did eat one raw once to rid myself of a dreadful sore throat - it worked like a charm, I stank of onions for days but I could swallow without pain so it was well worth it!
I adore the painting above by Russian artist Boris Grigoriev, I love its' movement and sense of whimsy especially when seen next to the more serious rendering of "Oignons" by Pierre Auguste Renoire.
And aren't these bulbous pendant light fixtures just divine?!
Onions as public art - Onion sculpture above left in Hungary and above right is actually a bike rack sculpture in Adelaide Australia.
Whether you peel it, chop it, cook it, eat it, paint it or lock your bike to it, the onion and it's many layers is truly a thing of beauty.