Harvesting, Curing and Storing Onions
Most varieties of onions are great for long term storage. Properly
"cured" and stored, they will last all winter long.
When onion bulbs are mature, the plant turns brown and falls over. Keep the
onions in the garden for another 7-10 days, to allow them to begin dry.
Harvest the bulbs on a sunny day. Loosen the soil around the bulb with a
shovel or pitch fork. Pull onions out of the soil. Now, clean off the bulb.
It is okay to rinse off dirt, although some sources suggest this is a "no-no."
How to Cure Onions:
Curing onions is easy. It is important to dry them well. Onions that have
too much moisture, can mold and rot in long term storage.
Allow clean bulbs to dry in the sun.
Spread onions out on a flat surface, in full sun. Allow them to dry in the
sun for a few days, until the onion roots and the plant itself is a dry,
brown. If rain is in the forecast, cover them or bring them indoors, until
it is over.
Cut the tops off the onion, to about an inch from the bulb. Trim off dried
Now, continue to cure the onion bulbs.
Place bulbs loosely on a surface out of direct sunlight. The area should
be warm and well ventilated.
Cure bulbs for an additional 2 -3 weeks.
Now, the bulbs are ready for long term storage.
After curing onions, they should be stored in a cool, dry and dark place.
Properly stored, they will keep well into winter.
Recipes: May we suggest:
How to Harvest and Cure Garlic- it's basically
the same process
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