Onion Allium cepa is an Asian plant that is widely
cultivated all over the world. Its edible bulb is made up
of the swollen bases of the leaves and its pungent oils
make onion a highly valued seasoning in all sorts of
foods. Leeks Allium porrum, shallots Allium
ascalonicum, and garlic Allium sativum are close
relatives of the onion.
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