NATIONAL ONION DAY
Through all the years — and sometimes tears — National Onion Day on June 27th recognizes the flavor and aroma the bulb of the allium family brings to numerous recipes.
Whether we choose a sweet, white, red, or the ever-favorite yellow, we count on the onion to enhance the flavor of our savory recipes. They pair well with meats and salads, making the versatile onion a cooking powerhouse. Added to eggs or pickled, it’s the required seasoning next to our salt and pepper.
While the onion packs in the flavor with very few calories, it’s also rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Add onions to every meal to increase your dietary fiber and vitamin B6. As a bonus, you won’t be adding any cholesterol. With so many varieties to choose from, onions provide plenty of opportunities for us to relish the benefits.
Although we cook with onions for the flavor punch, they also serve up an economic boost, too. As an industry, onions add $6 billion to U.S. markets. From farm to distribution to grocers and restaurants, onions generate economic growth throughout the year.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOnionDay
Be sure to add fresh onion for a punch of flavor to your favorite dish. No matter how you slice it, the onion brings some of the best flavors together! Whether you like to caramelize it or pickle it, tell us how you love to cook with onions!
Try these mouth-watering recipes from the National Onion Association:
While you’re cooking, be sure to use #NationalOnionDay to share your best recipes and tips on social media.
NATIONAL ONION DAY HISTORY
The National Onion Association founded National Onion Day on June 27, 2019, to honor the anniversary of the association. They represent almost 500 onion growers, shippers, packers, and associated members across the country, and they officially incorporated on June 27, 1913, in Ohio. The association celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013.
On June 25, 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Onion Day to be observed annually on June 27th.
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June 27th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
The telegraph links New York and Boston using the technology Samuel Morse patented for the first time. Three years before, Morse sent the first official message from Washington D.C. to Baltimore.
Joshua Slocum completes the first solo circumnavigation of the Earth. Nearly 80 years later, Robin Knox-Johnston completed the first non-stop solo circumnavigation.
Prices collapse at the New York Stock Exchange drawing the United States into a deep economic depression.
Gillette Co. receives a patent for the first successful erasable ball-point pen.
June 27th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Harriet Hubbard Ayer – 1849
In 1886, Ayer launched the Harriet Hubbard Ayer Company, the first cosmetic company owned by a woman. She also became a journalist for the New York Post.
Mildred Hill – 1859
Together with her sister Patty Hill, Mildred Hill composed songs for children and published Song Stories for Kindergarten. The melody for one composition, “Good Morning to All,” gained worldwide fame by another name. Sung at birthday celebrations for generations, “Happy Birthday to You” became the focus of a lawsuit in 2013 when the copyright came under the scrutiny of a class-action lawsuit.
Paul Laurence Dunbar – 1872
The American poet began publishing poetry at the age of 16. He would go on to publish several collections of poetry and short stories including Oak and Ivy and Folks From Dixie.
Helen Keller – 1880
After illness took her sight and her hearing, Helen Keller found her voice and became an advocate for the blind and deaf, an author and lecturer. Her story and the challenges she faced along with her mentor and teacher, Anne Sullivan, have been told through novels, plays, and film.
Bob Keeshan – 1927
Best-known for his role as Captain Kangaroo on the children’s television show by the same name, Keeshan also produced the show.
J.J. Abrams – 1966
The American film producer and director has brought us shows such as Alias, Westworld, and Lost. He also directed the film Super 8 and has earned several Emmy nods.