Bulbs are a type of vegetable that we supply in abundance and that’s widely used in cooking to add big flavour and a variety of textures. They are most commonly cooked with dishes such as casseroles, stir-fries, broths, soups and stews, but some can also be eaten raw or used to make pickles or chutneys.
Fresh Direct supply plenty of bulbs to chefs up and down the country. Our range includes red onions, white onions, green onions, spring onions, leeks, fennel, artichoke, shallots and garlic – sourced from around the UK and further afield.
Technically speaking, bulbs (or alliums as some people prefer) are the part of a plant that connects the roots to the stem. Nutritionally, bulbs are said to contain varying amounts of phenolics and flavonoids that scientists reckon have anti-inflammatory, anti-cholesterol, anti-cancerous and antioxidant properties. In fact, onions have been used throughout history as a natural ‘cure-all’. Although scientists today agree that onions do have the power to prevent or treat certain illnesses, they haven’t quite put their finger on how the humble onion does it! Because of this, onions are still under the microscope while scientists try to find out their secret…