Nicander extols the onions of Megara. But Theophrastus, in the seventh book of his treatise on Plants, says— “In some places the onions are so sweet, that they are eaten raw, as they are in the Tauric Chersonesus.” And Phænias makes the same statement:—“There is,” says he, “a kind of onion which bears wool, according to Theophrastus; and it is produced on the sea-shore. And it has the wool underneath its first coat, so as to be between the outer eatable parts and the inner ones. And from this wool socks and stockings and other articles of clothing are woven.” And Phœnias himself adopts the statement. “But the onion,” he continues, “of the Indians is hairy.” But concerning the dressing of onions, Philemon says—
Now if you want an onion, just considerBut Heraclides the Tarentine, limiting the use of onions at banquets, says—“One must set bounds to much eating, especially of such things as have anything glutinous or sticky about them; as, for instance, eggs, onions, calves' feet, snails, and such things as those: for they remain in the stomach a [p. 107] long time, and form a lump there, and check their natural moisture.”
What great expense it takes to make it good:
You must have cheese, and honey, and sesame,
Oil, leeks, and vinegar, and assafœtida,
To dress it up with; for by itself the onion
Is bitter and unpleasant to the taste.