Help! My onion sprouted!

United States
July 15, 2008 8:51pm CST
I was cleaning out my refrigerator the other day and found a really weird looking onion. It looked normal, except that it was sporting a nice crop of hair on top! My onion had sprouted. I don't remember the onion looking that way when I bought it. I used it anyway and it was delicious! Do your veggies ever sprout? How long do you keep veggies before you cook them?
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@karmendra (1123)
• India
16 Jul 08
really funny. generally i don't cook but i saw some time sprouted potatoes, onion, and Groundnuts and pea also.. some time we use sprouted food specially for the health because sprouted foods are good for health.
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• United States
16 Jul 08
Thanks for telling me that! I did not know that before!
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@gemini_rose (16194)
16 Jul 08
Oh gosh by the time I get to use my veggies they are always sprouting! I think the worst one ever was a few weeks ago when my 2 year old daughter went in the cupboard for something and came out screaming that there was a spider in there, when I went to investigate it was a potato with 8 legs! I must say that it did resemble a huge spider.
• United States
16 Jul 08
That's adorable! Only a child could imagine a spider from a potato. Sounds like my daughter. She is always doing stuff like that.
@gemini_rose (16194)
31 Jul 08
Thanx for B R X x
@MH4444 (2161)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I have seen that often. If you don't use them they will grow more plants. Don't know that I would eat it though.
• United States
16 Jul 08
Did not know that!
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I have had potatoes and onions that have sprouted before. Just be glad that it was sprouting not molding. I will sometimes get a big bag of onions or potatoes and I have them for a few weeks before I use them all up. Most of the time they are ok by the time I get to them, but occasionally I have the molded ones that I have to pitch. I will still use the sprouted ones.
• United States
16 Jul 08
Yes, so true! I'm always so super careful about the ones that get mold or such. Especially in this heat. When anything gets met, it gets mold or mildew. So I try to use the good ones and toss the bad ones. I've even been known to toss the ones next to the bad ones even if they are still good. I think it's bad by association!
@GreenMoo (11842)
16 Jul 08
If that had been me, I'd have planted it! My veggies rarely get a chance to sprout as I use them up pretty quickly. the exception is potatoes, which I keep finding with long sprouts on as light is leaking into my storeroom.
• United States
16 Jul 08
You can actually plant an onion and make it grow? OK! Now I know that I'm a big city girl cause I had no idea you could replant an onion once it came out of the ground. That is so cool. Well next time I'm grabbing my pots and making me an onion garden! Thanks for the idea! I learned something pretty cool today.
@nupats (3564)
• India
16 Jul 08
well i buy fresh vggies once in two days..i buy limited because i think by refrugerating them too long they loose their freshness...onions and potatoes i do buy in bulk say about once a week because they need not be refrigerated...but yes sometimes because of humidity my onions also sprout...my potatoes also start getting sprouts...one day i will actually try putting a potato in a pot and see what happens..
• United States
16 Jul 08
It's been so hot and humid here lately.
@deebomb (15347)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I usually don't keep my onions in the fridge. I have a draw that I keep them in. They don't often sprout in the draw. When they do I use them any way unless they are getting soft. Some time ago one of our stores had a celebration for their 60th year in business with nice sized packages of chopped frozen onions 10 for $10.00 I bought 10 of them and most times I cook with those and only use fresh onions for burgers or salads.
• United States
16 Jul 08
That's a really good deal!
@raclie (1734)
• Singapore
16 Jul 08
we had a potato that sprouted before, we threw it away as it is poisonious... but i dont think that the onion will be when it sprout... but take out the heart... just in case... i think we use the veggies the two days after we bought it...
• United States
16 Jul 08
Me too! Most times, I use them right away. This one got stuck in back of fridge. It looked and smelled good, except for the mop top fringe.
• Canada
16 Jul 08
HAHA That's funny!! I'm glad it was delicious, though. This reminds me of my mother telling me about packing for her vacation and wondering, in the middle o the night, whether she'd remembered to pack onions or not. haha I'll have to ask her i they sprout by the time she gets to where she's going.
• United States
16 Jul 08
I'll bet they do! If it's warm, they'll keep on maturing.
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
17 Jul 08
This is very common in our refrigerator. I keep onions and garlic and they often start to sprout. They also seem to sprout other things that are not very edible.
@jcj_111776 (3221)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
You must have thought you've suddenly found yourself in the "Twilight Zone."As much as possible,I don't let the veggies lasts for more than 5 days. Usually, I prioritize the leafy ones and cook them first. Because they are more prone to wilting and there's the possibility of losing the essential nutrients when they are stocked too long in the refrigerator. But I once had a same experience with an onion and a ginger. At that time, my family often had take-outs from a favorite restaurant. So, I didn't cook much that week. By next week, when I was about to use the onion, I saw that it already sprouted. Plus, the ginger too.
@brimia (6588)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I try to get to them before they sprout but occasionally I get a sprouted onion or potato...I just cut off the sprout...I don't like to throw out any food and, like you said, it's still good.