This is widely cultivated Allium crop in the country; our red onion (Allium cepa L.) is a popular pickling staple. We call it in Swahili kitunguu maji; this species is composed of cloves that form a large bulb with a purplish-red exterior. Purple-edged cloves whitely subdivide its flesh. Its smell is more pungent than that of the sweet onion. It also has a high water content that dilutes its flavor as a spice.
Origin of our Onions
We source our red onions from family farmers in area of Arusha, Manyara and Kilimanjaro. Here, farmers who double as horticulturalists of various vegetables rely mainly on furrow irrigation. They cultivate on an average 1 to 2 acres of land. This makes their land organically manageable using farmyard manure. They also forgo the application of chemical sprays to keep their crops residual-free.