Take a shot of Alium not Valium

Relax! There's no need to take valium - take allium!

What do you call a dog who only eats garlic and onions? A dog with a bark worse than its bite.

But seriously, Have you met the Allium family? Onions, garlic, shallots, leeks and chives all belong to this family. They are a Greek family! Well, sort of...allium is derived from the Greek word for garlic. You'll be surprised that the Allium Family are part of just about most dinner meals, in some shape or form.

Not only does the Allium family make meals taste better and bring out more flavour, but they are responsible for huge health benefits. What type of benefits, you ask? Allium compounds protect against stomach cancer, lower cholesterol, prevents blood clots and atherosclerosis, which is the build-up of fats, cholesterol and other substances in and on the artery walls.

Onions may be brown, white, red or purple skinned. Strong-smelling brown onions are long lasting and awesome additions to soups, stews, stir-fries and BBQs. Red onions are sweeter but not a good choice for long-term storage. They are a good choice, however, when sliced and eaten raw in salads, sandwiches or on top of burgers. Shallots, may not keep in storage as well as onions, but they are incredibly versatile and add a delicate, distinctive flavour to salads and cooked dishes.

Another long green leaf member of the family are Chives. Use the chive leaves in salads, soups, egg dishes and casseroles to emphasise delectable flavours. Leeks are partnered nicely with potatoes, especially in potato leek soup. Leeks also create an attractive and nutritious garnish, when thinly sliced into a salad or soup.

Where can we get a serve of the Allium family at its freshest and most fragrant? Jim's Home Fresh will partner you with your favourite members of the Allium family...always!

By the way, my brother thinks he's the smartest person alive. He thinks onions are the only foods that can make you cry. So, I threw a coconut at him.  And he cried…

Keep smiling and have a great day!

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