In the Buzăului Valley, in Buzău County, there is a culinary treasure known as the “red onion of Buzău”. Thanks to the favourable climatic conditions of agriculture in this region, red onions have enjoyed a high quality development.
It stands out for its large chunks, attractive coloured rind, sweet-spicy taste and slightly crunchy texture. It is sold in markets or on roadsides, often in bundles, to last as long as possible.
It occupies a special place among the recipes of traditional Romanian dishes and is declared the pride of the Buzoin region.
History and tradition
It is said that this variety appeared a long time ago, at the time when the gardeners of Buzoi began to sell their white onions across the Carpathians, in the markets of Transylvania. Unsuccessful, as red onions were preferred, the more skilful villagers cultivated their traditional onions in one place and let them cross freely with red onions brought from Transylvania.
Horticulturists declared it a genetic success. It is juicy, medium dry and pleasantly aromatic.
Features and benefits
The Buzau red onion has a special value due to its unique characteristics:
- Vibrant colour
From pale purple to vibrant red, these shades enrich the look of any dish, adding a touch of brightness and freshness.
- Unmistakable aroma
Sweet and fragrant, not at all irritating to the eyes, making it ideal even for raw dishes.
- Crunchy texture
Any type of food gets a special flavour thanks to the crunchy and juicy texture.
As with other types of onions, red onions have significant nutritional benefits.
It is an important source of antioxidants, rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, C, E, K, rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc.
It can be used in many dishes, from salads (with vegetables, pasta, rice, even fruit), cooked dishes (stews, soups, sauces) to pickles.
Cultivated traditionally, with attention to detail and respect for the environment, the Buzău red onion is a treasure of Romanian gastronomy. No matter how it is used, this onion adds flavour to any meal and delights the taste buds of those who discover it.
So, if you have the opportunity to taste the Buzau red onion, don’t shy away from testing it and including it in your dishes: you will be rewarded with an authentic, unforgettable flavour!