I’itoi Onions and More

weekly CSA produce share
Those little green onions aren’t scallions; they’re I’itoi onions, a local favorite.

As you can see, we’re starting to get a few more greens in our shares. The amount of greens will continue to build as we head in to the depths of winter — well, what passes for winter in Southern Arizona. But, the thing that always gets us excited is when our share includes a bunch of I’itoi onions.

I’itoi onions — the word I’itoi is Tohono O’odham for elder brother  — is a nice desert-adapted bunching onion. It’s supposed to thrive on just normal precipitation, so we’ve tried to grow some, but either javalinas or ground squirrels get to them long before the bulbs begin to sprout. One of the reasons we like getting them is that they’re a true local variety of onion, but the main reason is that they’re so tasty. They’re stronger than green scallions, and the flavor is somewhat like a cross between a strong onion and a leek. Very tasty, indeed.

So this week’s share:

  • Tomatoes (4)
  • Red potatoes (4)
  • Oranges (4)
  • Rapini (1 bunch)
  • Braising mix (1 bag)
  • Baby kale (1 bag)
  • Arugula (1 bag)
  • I’itoi onions (1 bunch)

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