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Himalaya Onion is a deciduous bulb that grows to 1.0 meters high by 0.5 meters wide. It grows in Himalyan foothills between 2300-6600 metre. It sports hemispheric umbels of purple flowers.
In Nepal, Himalaya onion is often used for cooking, especially for flavouring dal (lintal) boiled legumes. Rather uniquely, jimbur leaves are usually employed in the dried state and fried in butter fat to develop their flavour.
An easily grown plant, it prefers a sunny position in a light well-drained soil. It tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10c.
The bulbs should be planted fairly deeply. Most members of this genus are intolerant of competition from other growing plants. Grows well with most plants, especially roses, carrots, beet and chamomile, but it inhibits the growth of legumes. Members of this genus are rarely troubled by browsing deer.
Special features: The juice of the plant is used as a moth repellent. The whole plant is said to repel insects and moles.
Culinary use: Young leaves are cooked as a vegetable. The dried leaves are used as a condiment in curries and pickles.
Bulb are raw or cooked. Poorly developed and rather small. The cloves are used as a substitute for garlic.
Flowers are raw. Used as a garnish on salads.
Medicinal use: The bulbs, boiled then fried in ghee, are eaten in the treatment of cholera and dysentery.
The raw bulb is chewed to treat coughs and colds.
It is said that eating the bulbs can ease the symptoms of altitude sickness.
Members of this genus are in general very healthy additions to the diet. They contain sulphur compounds (which give them their onion flavour) and when added to the diet on a regular basis they help reduce blood cholesterol levels, act as a tonic to the digestive system and also tonify the circulatory system.
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