BETTER TO STORE ONIONS IN DARK DRY COOL VENTILATED PLACE – 3rd wk in October 2014

Red and white varieties of onion plaited and hung to ensure maximum air circulation. Pity the room is not dark.

Red and white varieties of onion plaited and hung to ensure maximum air circulation. Pity the room is not dark.

In an earlier blog last summer, we mentioned harvesting a good crop of early and maincrop white onions and a Red Baron variety. This crop was dried outdoors under cover so that the skins hardened in the sun and wind. This is called curing the onions.

Now for storing those same cured onions over winter. The ideal storage conditions for onions are:

1: A cool temperature in the range  4 – 10 degrees Celsius.

2: A dry, dark and well ventilated storeroom.

3: A method to keep the onions from touching anything to maximise air circulation.

Unfortunately, we have to make do with an outdoor office which thankfully is cool and well ventilated over winter, but it is not dark. Only one way to find out if this is good enough!

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