These are flower shoots from the Ceylon Onions.
There is a huge demand amongst the Canadian Tamil population. Currently, a bunch is being sold upto $10 at the Canadian Tamil Grocery stores.
Demand is being met through imports from Carribbean and South Asia but freshness is a key issue for the consumers.
These shoots can be chopped up to top salads, soups or sauteed for Chinese/Thai recipes.
Canadian Tamils make a sauteed spicy curry out of these shoots and a very popular item among the vegetarians.
We harvested over 20 bundles from our Brampton, Napanee, Scarborough lots.
Our mothers were delighted to have these in their menu and have been demanding for more.
Since these onions are short term(60 days) varieties, we are planning on doing a fall crop planting of another round next week.
It is a success on our list and we believe it can be grown locally to meet the local market demands.