HDC to release onion factsheet

Researchers who tested onions in storage from seed and sets have compiled their results in a new HDC factsheet.

The six-page document looks at levels of sprouting and rotting on onions from the early part of the year. Seed trials found onions stored well, with up to 60 per cent sound in mid-March. Trials were held in Essex and Norfolk.

Trials for sets found that Penicillium, bacterial rots and sprouting accounted for most of the unmarketable bulbs. Tests were carried out in Lincolnshire and Suffolk.

Meanwhile a PR campaign for British onions is moving into its third year. Sputnik Communications will plug the onion as an essential low-cost, versatile leftover ingredient perfect for cutting food bills.

- Contact HDC on 01732 848383 or email hdc@hdc.org.uk


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