Monday, October 25, 2010

ABC Wednesday : The Letter O


The Egyptians thought quite highly of onions. Imagine building the pyramids and being paid with onions ?
" Archeologists discovered small onions in the eye sockets in the mummy of King Ramses IV who died in 1160 BCE. To the Egyptians, the onion, with its concentric layers, represented eternal life and was buried with each of their Pharoahs"
Vegetarians in Paradise

Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at a time,
and sometimes you weep.
—Carl Sandburg

Better to have bread and an onion with peace than stuffed fowl with strife.
~ Arabian Proverb

"The onion and its satin wrappings is among the most beautiful of vegetables
and is the only one that represents the essence of things.
It can be said to have a soul."
Charles Dudley Warner, 'My Summer in a Garden' (1871)

In my humble opinion the best tasting red onion is the Wethersfield Red Onion

A Yankee Magazine article on the Wethersfield red onion:

"In those days, you could smell Wethersfield before you could see it. Outsiders dubbed the Connecticut village "Oniontown," with a crosshatch of affection and derision, for this was home of the world-famous Wethersfield red onion, and its pungent scent stung the air. "


  1. I love those onions! And how many great quotes about onions!! Who knew??? I love them! And what a great post for the O Day! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!


  2. great quotes and onions? who knew!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  3. OMGosh. These are the most beautiful onions I've ever seen. Outstanding photos!

  4. Who would think that photographing a red onion would result in such beautiful photos? Well done!

  5. What a clever choice for the theme!! red onions are photogenic!

    ABC Wednesday: O

  6. Who knew about onions and Pharoahs? I love learning little tidbits like this. Your macros are really intriguing.

  7. great pics and a great subject for O