ONION (Cipolla) borettana
Small, flat, yellow-brown onion for cooking, salads or pickling. Packet contains 3g (about 900) seed.Grow from transplants or direct seed. For transplants, start in a seed box in late summer/early autumn and transplant to the garden in autumn, spaced 5cm apart. Thin direct plantings as they grow and use for salad. Commonly pickled and flavoured with balsamic vinegar.
Originating in Boretto, a small town in the province of Reggio Emilia, whose name they bear, Borettana onions have been cultivated since the 1400’s and for centuries were sold only by local producers. Prized throughout Italy for their unique flavour, they travelled across Europe and to America with Italian immigrants in the 19th century. See http://www.seedaholic.com/onion-borettana.html for further information