The history of the onion is an interesting story. The onion is believed to have originated in Asia, though it is likely that onions may have been growing wild on every continent. Dating back to 3500 BC, onions were one of the few foods that did not spoil during the winter months. Our ancestors must have recognized the vegetables durability and began growing onions for food. The onion became more than just food after arriving in Egypt. The ancient Egyptians worshiped the onion, believing that its spherical shape and concentric rings symbolized eternity. Of all the vegetables that had their images created from precious metals by Egyptian artists, only the onion was made out of gold. What a prestigious honor for a vegetable with such a humble beginning! Once believed to be a lowly vegetable because of its pungent taste, the onion has emerged as a favorite ingredient in many recipes. Onions add flavor to an otherwise bland dish and turn an average meal into an elegant dinner.