Fragrant and nutritious, alliums are a must-have for your grocery cart.
Herbs and spices add flavor to your meals, and just a small amount can add up to big health benefits. Some of the best herbs you can stock up on are alliums, which refer to the large class of bulbous herbs in the amaryllis family. They are defined by their round or spherical flower clusters, basal leaves, and striking aroma. Not only do they smell and taste great, edible alliums contain crucial nutrients such as vitamins and minerals that ensure optimal health. Pick up one of these six popular alliums on your next trip to the supermarket.
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The large bulbs of the allium cepa, or the onion, set this diverse ingredient apart from other alliums. Onions range in flavor from sweet to spicy and are available in multiple colors, including red, yellow, and white. They also range in size, from small and immature pearl onions to fully mature onions with diameters of 4 1/2 inches or more. Onions are a good source of chromium, fiber, folate, inulin, manganese, and vitamin C. Warm up with a bowl of this nutty and spiced onion soup.