Who has read the book Holes? It is a great children’s book, especially for the upper elementary kids. In the story the main character, Stanley Yelnats, runs away from a kids boot camp they were at with another kid. They find themselves dehydrated and starving in a vast dessert, when they come across a field of onions. In an effort to survive until they get back to civilization, the boys eat a ton of onions. When the kids get back to camp, they attempt to find a hidden treasure and in the process find themselves in a hole with deadly spotted lizards. The Warden finds them in the hole and is very upset with them and figures that their punishment will be to be bitten by the lizards and die. But, you guessed it, the lizards do NOT bite the boys because they do not like onions, which the boys have been consuming in large amounts to live in the dessert.
The point is that onions, whether they are red, white or yellow, are strong and smelly. And lizards are not the only species that dislikes them. In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu. Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died. The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn’t believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy. Onions absorb bacteria and is the reason they are so good at preventing us from getting colds and flu’s and is the very reason we shouldn’t eat an onion that has been sitting for a time after it has been cut open. He explained, onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion. He says it’s not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator. Lots of times when we have get food poisoning and we don’t know what we ate, a lot of times it’s because of the onions in foods. Shallots and onion varieties with the strongest flavor have the highest total antioxidant activity, an indication that they may have a stronger ability to destroy charged molecules called free radicals, an excess of which are thought to increase the risk of disease, particularly cancer, the researcher says. So eat your onions! And what a better time than during Passover. We all know that some of those Passover dishes need all the help they can get! Here is a favorite from the Velick kitchen.
Tuna Salad peanut butter Matzah Sandwiches
1 piece of gluten free matzah by Yehuda
2 T creamy natural peanut butter
½ can white albacore tuna
2 T nonfat greek yogurt
2 tsp yellow mustard
1 tsp fresh horse radish
¼ cup chopped onions
In a medium bowl, mix tuna, yogurt, mustard, horseradish and onions.
Take matzah and spread with peanut butter.
Top with tuna mixture.
Enjoy for lunch during Passover!