Your Questions Answered: Onions & Potatoes

How to Store your Onions and Potatoes in your Swag

First, place the vegetables into a DRY Swag and place in your cupboard/pantry (NOT in the fridge or crisper). Once you've cut an onion or potato up, you can then put it into a damp Swag and pop in your fridge crisper. Some onion flavor may transfer to your other veggies, but they will last longer this way. Alternatively, leave the cut onion out of The Swag, in its own separate Swag or wrap it up. Now, for some wonderfully surprising health benefits of these gorgeous vegetables:

1. Onions

Onions are sulfur-rich rich vegetables that are categorized as bulb vegetables and rich in more vitamins and minerals than you might believe. Did you know one onion gives you 13% your daily value of Vitamin C!? They are also rich in Vitamin B-6 and Magnesium, which many Americans need a lot more of. So, what’s the big deal with sulfur? Well, sulfur plays a big role in detoxification and supports your body’s natural antioxidants. It protects you against too much UV light, X-Rays and radiation. All that power must be hiding in the onion’s many layers, right? Here's a great infographic from the Holistic Health Journal that demonstrates all these wonderful, onion-y benefits.

2. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are ‘sweet’ in a lot of ways! They are a great source of Vitamin C, Copper, Manganese, Fiber, Potassium, Phosphorous and Vitamins B1, B2 and B6. What does that mean for you? An extra helping of sweet potato wedges one a week can help you ward off the cold and flu, speed up your wound healing and help you cope with stress. It can also help your body fight off toxins that might be linked to cancer

3. White Potatoes

While sweet potatoes are a nutrition powerhouse, white potatoes are no slouch. As a no-fat food, they still provide nearly half your daily value of Vitamin C, have more Potassium than a banana and are a good source of Vitamin B6, Fiber, Magnesium and antioxidants. As with anything, balance is key. But with The Swag in your pantry, you have the option to store your potatoes and onions for months well beyond their normal expiry date. This gives you the freedom to mix and match as you please. Happy chopping!