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[Video] Calabria. Why Tropea Red Onion is unique in the world?

How to recognize a Tropea red onion?

The Tropea Red Onion has an egg shape and is somewhat fleshy, with a white color and a red envelope. Its cultivation is lost in the mists of time. In fact, imported by the Phoenician people, it has been cultivated in these areas for over 2000 years. On the palate this vegetable is sweet thanks to the stable microclimate throughout the year, the characteristics of the soil and the proximity of the sea.

Where is Tropea Red Onion grown?

The Tropea Red Onion is grown between Nicotera, in the province of Vibo Valentia, and Campora San Giovanni, in the municipality of Amantea, in the province of Cosenza, and along the whole Tyrrhenian Sea belt mainly produced between Briatico and Capo Vaticano.

What are its properties?

The taste of Tropea Red Onion is determined particularly by the substantial presence of sugars such as glucose, fructose, sucrose and provides 20 calories per 100 grams of fresh product. It also contains vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, selenium, iodine, zinc and magnesium.

Why is Tropea Red Onion good for health?

The bulb has many beneficial effects; one of these is the antisclerotic power that brings benefit to the heart and arteries, and prevents the risk of heart attack. One of its properties is that of being a natural sedative, useful for reconciling sleep.

When to find Red Onion on the market?

Depending on the technique adopted (planting the bulbs, direct sowing, transplanting), the cultivation can start from late August to early October, and the subsequent harvest from October also until March.

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