Transition Farm Organic/Byo-dynamic Seeds - Onion 'Red Long of Tropea'
These Italian heirloom onions are slightly elongated and thin skinned. Traditionally grown in Mediterranean Italy and France and are only harvested mid-summer for fresh use. They do not cure. It’s wonderful baked whole with a roast, described by one chef as adding an amazing “umami” quality to his braised lamb shanks. Umami means “essence of deliciousness” in Japanese, and its taste is often described as the meaty, savory deliciousness that deepens flavor.
Roasted, raw in salads and salsas, braised over fire, pickled in jam, this onions flavour shines bright enough to overcome the fact that it does not store well. We sow this in late Winter in multicells, transplanting in September for harvesting with green tops in late November.
SEED COUNT: 200 approx.
Each seed sold supports public plant breeding research at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
ABOUT TRANSITION FARM
Seed produced organically/bio-dynamically is better suited to organic/bio-dynamic growing conditions.
We are breeding our seed for flavour, resilience in a low input growing condition and acclimation to our Southern Hemisphere, southern Victorian latitude and climate.
Conventional seed production is one of the most chemically intensive types of agriculture.
Bio-dynamic seed crops are grown in living soil within a diverse thriving ecosystem.
From the time the seed sends out its first roots, it is encouraged to access minerals and nutrients using feeder roots and to form complex symbiotic relationships. It is nurtured throughout its life by focusing on the health of the whole ecosystem to maintain the balance within the individual plant. By using photosynthesis to accesses nutrients and build cells, the full nature of the plant’s expression has been guided by sunlight.