Produce of the Week, May 1, 2017

Texas Sweet OnionsTexas sweet onions are a member of the allium family, which also includes yellow onions, white onions, scallions, and garlic. Texas sweet onions are sweeter in taste than any traditional store bought onion and have a short harvest time, making them a luxurious commodity. Because of the compounds found in the allium family foods, onions are shown to be the strongest factor for helping the risk reduction of prostate cancer in men. Onions are also great foods that may help prevent cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, and infections. It may also help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Texas sweet onions are so sweet they can be eaten in abundance, as well as in raw form to provide your sweet tooth and body to thrive and be satisfied.

Recipe of the Week

Texas Sweet Onion Relish
Yield: 3 cups
(recipe courtesy of Food Network)

Ingredients:
4-6 Texas sweet onions (small dice)
4 Tbsp. brown sugar
3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
3 Tbsp. red wine
1 tsp. red wine vinegar –
salt and pepper

Directions:
Sauté the onions in a skillet over medium-low heat until translucent and caramelized, about 10 minutes. Add the brown sugar and stir until dissolved. Deglaze the pan with both vinegars and the wine. Simmer on medium-low heat until all the liquid has been evaporated, about 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy over toast or as sauce base for roasted meats and vegetables.

March, K. (2004). Don’t Hold the Onions. Medical Update, 29(11), 7.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sweet-onion-relish-recipe/