Onion, Cipolla di Rovato (Organic)
Allium cepa. Yellow Storage. 110 days.
Gorgeous, golden cipollini type onion originating in Italy with a classic flat / disc shape. More mild in flavor than our other yellow storage onions. Bulbs range from 2-3” across; smaller bulbs are nice, dense and good for pickling. Definitely a delicious all-purpose onion. Surprised us with its superior storage ability. Reliable in so many ways it might just inspire more people to have beautiful onion braids hanging in the kitchen, like in an Italian villa.
Seed produced by Avoca in Corvallis, Oregon.
For bulb onions, sow indoors in flats with good potting soil February through March. Transplant into the garden in April or May, when plants are at least the size of a No. 2 pencil lead. Space 6” in rows that are 1’ apart. Onions benefit from frequent watering and shallow cultivation. Stop irrigating in August. Harvest when stem has shriveled and tipped over.
To save seed, replant at least 20 onions (to avoid inbreeding) in the second spring. Large, beautiful globe shaped flowers attract pollinators. Cut whole seed heads when they open and show the black seeds. Thresh gently and winnow to remove debris and hollow seeds. Isolate from other Alliums of the same species by at least ½ mile.