Onion, Maria Nagy’s Transylvanian Yellow (Organic)
Allium cepa. Yellow Storage. 100 days.
But of course every homestead farm also needs yellow onions! Our favorite Romanian seed steward, Maria Nagy, shared her yellow onion with us as well. Maria Nagy’s Transylvanian Yellow is very similar in appearance to the red strain (except, obviously, yellow) with 3- 4” bulbs and some variability in shape from slightly torpedo to globe. Good storability and great deep pungency, slightly spicier than the red. Onions are the foundation of every good meal and this variety’s rich flavor is hard to beat.
Seed produced by Empowered Flowers in Oregon City, 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.