Despite their commonplace nature, being a highly used ingredient in cooking worldwide, onions are varied in type and extremely versatile. In this blog, we will show you the more popular types of onions, their differences, and their culinary uses.

  • Yellow onions: the most common and versatile type. They have a strong flavour that mellows and sweetens when cooked. They are excellent for caramelising, adding to soups, stews, and roasts.
  • Red onions: red onions are milder and slightly sweet, with a crisp texture. They are perfect for raw applications, such as salads and sandwiches.
  • White onions: these have a sharper, more pungent flavour compared to yellow onions. They are often used in things like salsas, guacamole, and as toppings for dishes like tacos.
  • Sweet onions: these are known for their mild, sugary flavour. They are used raw in salads, or lightly cooked in dishes where their sweetness can shine.
  • Shallots: shallots are smaller and a delicate, slightly sweet flavour. They are often used in vinaigrettes and sauces where a subtler flavour is desired.

Onions are not just flavour powerhouses; they also offer a range of health benefits. Like any other vegetable and fruit, it is important to try and incorporate a bit of everything in your daily diet.

Onions are an essential ingredient in the culinary world, offering a wide range of flavours and textures to enhance any dish. Whether you’re sautéing, caramelizing, or enjoying them raw, onions are a flavourful and healthful choice.

M&P Engineering is a leading manufacturer and supplier of food processing equipment and our most popular machine is the Large Onion Peeling machine.

M&P’s Large Onion Peeling machine self-adjusting floating knives to top, tail, and peel onions of 45mm to 115mm diameter. The machine is easy to operate due to its simplistic mechanism and design and, thanks to the dry peeling process the product remains in pristine condition once it has been peeled.

Onions come in a wide range of shapes and colours, and common onions grow in 3 different colours: red, white, and yellow, each having their own characteristics. Different onions can come in different sizes too, but for M&P’s Onion Peeling Machine that isn’t a problem. Red onions and shallots are particularly hard to handle, due to their irregular shape and size, but with our equipment, the process couldn’t be easier.

To learn more about us and our machines, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team today. Call us on +44 (0)161 872 8378 or contact us here.

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