Autumn is onion sowing season! Onions are an essential kitchen ingredient and whether you cook them up in curries and stir fries, caramelise them, create delicious soups and salads or pop them on a home made hamburger or pizza, they add intense flavour and aroma. Although onions do take a while to mature (up to 7 months), they store well and are a very worthwhile addition to your vegie patch.
Onions contain important vitamins and minerals as well as beneficial antioxidants and sulfur compounds. In addition to this, onions also contain something called inulin. Inulin is a type of non digestible dietary fibre that acts as a prebiotic.
Good bacteria in our intestinal tract use prebiotics like onions as a food source and a healthier population of gut bacteria is extremely beneficial. So, next time you’re enjoying onions, your intestinal bacteria will be enjoying them too!