Food Type: Vegetable
Age Suggestion: 6 months +
Common Allergen: No
When can babies have onion?
Onion may be introduced as soon as baby is ready to start solids which is generally around 6 months of age.
Are onions healthy for babies?
Yes. Onions offer lots of vitamin C, which helps our bodies absorb iron from plant foods like hearty greens and legumes. Onions also contain three important members of the B vitamin family: biotin to power the nervous system, folate to support baby’s brain development, and vitamin B6 to process protein.
Onions, particularly red onions, are an incredible source of anthocyanins, flavonoids, and polyphenols—antioxidants that have been widely studied for their ability to prevent and fight cancer.1 An onion’s outer layers contain more of these plant nutrients than those closer to the inner bud, so try to peel only the skin.2 Note that organic onions may have higher amounts of these plant nutrients than those grown with fertilizers and pesticides.3 Picky Eaterz baby purees uses ORGANIC red onions 😊
How to prepare peas for your baby!
Every baby develops on their own timeline. The preparation suggestions below are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional, one-on-one advice from your pediatric medical or health professional, nutritionist or dietitian, or expert in pediatric feeding and eating. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or seen here.
6 to 8 months old: Mix well-cooked minced, chopped, or sliced onion into other foods, such as purees, legumes, or rice; egg dishes like frittatas, soups, lentils ; or protein-rich preparations like bean burgers, fi. If you’d like to try serving on its own, go for it! You can roast or sauté onion in large pieces or serve finely chopped in a bowl for hand scooping. Don’t be surprised if baby loves it!
12 to 18 months old: Work onions into your cooking liberally and look for ways to feature them as well. One easy way to do this is to offer mejadra, a Middle Eastern lentil salad that prominently features cooked onions (see recipe). Keeping onions in regular rotation also helps build familiarity with savory flavors.
18 to 24 months old: At this stage of development, larger pieces of well-cooked onion can help children build chewing and swallowing skills. Try serving well-cooked slices of onion and other vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, beets, or potatoes.
It's a fact!
The history of the onion is an interesting story. It’s impossible to know exactly when they first popped up on the culinary scene; most historians agree that they have been domesticated and cultivated for at least 6000 years, possibly longer. They were likely a prehistoric dietary staple for our hunter – gatherer ancestor
In Egypt onions can be traced back to 3500 B.C. Ancient Sumerians widely grew and cooked onions 4000 years ago the plant has been discovered at the royal palace at Knossos in crete (Estes. 2000). The onion became more then just food after arriving in Egypt. The ancient Egyptians worshipped the onion, believing that its spherical shape and concentric ring symbolized eternity. Of all the vegetables, that had their images created from precious metals by Egyptian artists, only the onion was made out of gold. Paintings of onions appear on the inner walls of the pyramids and in the tombs of both the old Kingdom and the New Kingdom. Frequently, Egyptian priests are pictured holding onions in his hand or covering an altar with a bundle of their leaves or roots.
Because onions were a cheap source of food, Egyptian slave laborers, those who constructed the pyramids consumed then on a daily basis. With all that popularity Onion became more and more present in the written records of human history in 1st millennia B.C. and early centuries of A.D. It was described several times by the Israelites in the Bible, celebrated by the Indian medical treatise charaka Sanhita as one of the most important remedies for various heart, joint, digestion illnesses