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  • The ancient Egyptians worshipped the onion, believing that its spherical shape and concentric rings symbolized eternity.
  • The onion ranks sixth among the world's leading vegetable crops.
  • According to the National Onion Association, onion consumption in the U.S. has increased approximately 50% over the past 20 years.
  • Of all the vegetables that had their images created from precious metals by Egyptian artists, only the onion was made out of gold.
  • According to an old English rhyme, the thickness of an onion skin can help predict the severity of the winter.
  • During the American Civil War, General Ulysses S. Grant sent a telegram to the War Department, "I will not move my army without onions." The next day he got them.
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest onion ever grown weighed 10 pounds, 14 ounces.
  • Onions represent the third largest fresh vegetable industry in the United States. The U.S. per capita consumption of onions is around 18.7 pounds per year. This translates into approximately 370 semi-truck loads of onions used in the United States each day.