Did you know a potato is also an 'onion'?

@marina321 (4561)
September 15, 2008 6:01pm CST
I saw this billboard ad the other day with a picture of all sorts of potatoes with their names and it read 'Spuds, Know your onions'! I guess a good ad is one that makes you think and one that teaches you something as this did both and I found on checking it out online that a potato is also an onion. An onion would also a classification of vegetables according to Wikipedia The ad is for a spread and I thought the concept was well thought out as it will make people think more about it (wait, I thought potatoes were vegetables..)and then the spread in turn.. What do you think? Did you know that a potato is also an 'onion'?
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
16 Sep 08
I dunno about that, i thought onion is purplish in color and is shaped like a top?? But potato is brownish in color and it's like an oval shape.. How can a potato be an onion?? I have been eating potatoes for yrs ever since i was young, but i never knew about that.. lol =D PLus, onion has got a completely different taste and smell too.. haha =D But potato is supposed to be a plant too, because there are potato leaves..
• United States
16 Sep 08
That was a new one on me too. I didn't know it. Potato in the onion category?
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• United States
16 Sep 08
No, I was not aware that a potato was an onion. But, of course, I live and learn. I am never too old to learn something. My mother is 83 years old and I will tell her this in the morning. Now, of course, she may already know this one. It seems that they reclassify fruits and vegetables and don't tell us.
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@rkrish (3003)
• India
16 Sep 08
No, i am unaware and its good for me to know from your mail. I thought potatoes are pulses and onion are skin vegetables..let me too check out more about variety of onions. Nice discussion being started let me too check out for more responses on this
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@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
15 Sep 08
Hey marina, I'm not exactly sure if I knew that. I knew that they both were veggies, but I don't think that I knew that a potato was an onion! Thanks! I love to learn new things! That's what I mean, I learn something new on mylot everyday! Very interesting stuff! It actually makes perfect sense! Now I want a potato with onion in it! Oh, I don't know! All that talk about the pototoes and onions just reminded me of my Mom making potato pancakes which I just loved and never made! Now I'm going to have to call her and see if she remembers how to make them! I think it has to do with matzoh meal or something and it is for Passover. I hope she remembers or has it written down somewhere. They were just so yummy. I think she grated potatoes so I'm going to have to find another way because I don't even own a grater. I'll get back to you on that!
• Philippines
16 Sep 08
is that true???????? ive never heard of that... ill try to research about it later.. its a science break through... but for me its a vegie..
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• Philippines
16 Sep 08
Good day... that's a nice trivia. I, myself didn't even consider it as a part of the potato family. Thanks.
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@lexus54 (3577)
• Singapore
16 Sep 08
I do not think a potato is also an 'onion'. At least that's not what I learned in school many years ago. A potato is a tuber, about the most famous edible tuber around. Tubers are plant structures that can store nutrients for their parent, and these potato tubers are usually found underground at the thick part of the stem. An onion on the other hand is a bulb, just as garlic and tulips are. They are underground storage organs of some plants. There's some similarity between tubers and bulbs, but tubers have many buds or eyes and they are covered with a tough skin, whereas bulbs are covered with dried leaves or scales.
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• India
16 Sep 08
No the potato and onion are not same the potato is used for some foods only with this we can create lot of curries and it will be eatable. The taste of potato is different we can't explain in words such a great taste of it. But onion is also one kind of curry it will be used in so many products more than the potato it will be the most famous than the potato no food can prepare with out onion such a great history onion has " EVEN A HAPPY MAN ALSO CRY WHEN ONION WAS CUTTING" it was crying all the people so that the potato and onion was not same both are lot of difference.
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• China
16 Sep 08
this is my first time to hear that,thank yuo for telling me
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@myliezl0903 (2732)
• Philippines
16 Sep 08
nope, i don't know that,. well i'll research on that too!
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@bunnybon7 (31546)
• Holiday, Florida
16 Sep 08
wow. no i didnt and here iam 61 yrs old! you'd think id known that by now. especially since i've cooked both for 50yrs! shows how you learn something new every day. especially here on mylot.
• India
16 Sep 08
Hmm interesting information. I do know both grow underground and require similar conditions to grow but I believe that is where the similarities end.
16 Sep 08
How stupid How can a potato be onion?
16 Sep 08
Hi marina321, No, onion is a onion and potato is a potato they are completely different one is a bilb the other is tube and you can't make chips with onions or mash. You use onions as base for most cooking but you don't use potatos. Tamara
16 Sep 08
Wow thats really interesting to hear marina. Its amazing the stuff we keep learning each day. Thanks for the info dear.