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Layerless Onion- Possible?

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Layerless Onion- Possible?

layerlessonion | May 31, 2013 09:01 AM

Long time lurker. First time poster.

Anyway, to answer my own question, yes, I think it is. The other day I was cutting onions and I noticed that one onion looked very strange in that it was really just a solid mass with no layers at all. If it matters, it was a medium-sized red onion. Didn't taste it but it smelled...like onion. I tried attaching a photo. Not sure if it worked.*

I've never seen this before so I tried to google it, but after searching for "layerless onion," "onion with no layers," "unripe onion," "solid mass of onion," and "why doesn't my onion have layers?," I came away with nothing. All I found out was that the is a National Onion Association and their website didn't answer my question.

So, maybe I am asking a silly question, but why did this happen to my onion? Is it "unripe"? Did I come across some type of rarity (that is now in my dumpster)? Is is safe to eat (I didn't)? And would it have tasted like a regular onion?

*In the photo it looks like the onion might have some layers, but trust me, it didn't. What looked like they could be layers were entirely fused together.

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