Cipollini Onions are small in size, averaging 3-8 centimeters in diameter, and have petite, saucer-shaped bulbs that are round and slightly flattened. The bulb is covered in a thin, yellow-gold, papery skin that adheres tightly to the flesh. Underneath the skin, the white, almost translucent flesh is firm, juicy, and has many layers of white rings. In their raw state, Cipollini Onions have a mild aroma, are crisp, and are semi-sweet with a pungent flavor, but once cooked, they sweeten and soften into a tender, almost melting, texture.
When added to a dish, onions make it come alive with aromatic undertones. When used raw, they add a punch to salads and salsa. But the real magic takes place when they’re cooked: A light sauté or slow roast mellows their pungent, acrid flavors and coaxes out their natural sweetness.
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