Sound the Alarms! There's an Onion Inside of This Onion.

Sound the Alarms! There's an Onion Inside of This Onion.

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Ariel Knutson
Apr 23, 2015
(Image credit: Yahoo Food)

Have you ever chopped or peeled an onion only to find a bonus onion hidden beneath the first couple white layers? You might say it's a little disconcerting.

Here's an explanation for why this happens and whether that onion is still safe to eat.

Yahoo Food talked to Barbara A. Ambrose, an associate curator in plant genomics at The New York Botanical Garden, who explained that as a flowering plant, the onion's white layers should be thought of as leaves. These leaves sometimes "develop into whole shoots," meaning another onion.

The good news is that although it's rare to find an onion inside of another onion, it's perfectly fine to eat.

Read more: Why Is There an Onion Inside This Onion? from Yahoo Food

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