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I'itoi's Onion

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These wildly popular and prolific multiplier onions resemble the wild onions harvested on I’itoi Mountain, also known as Baboquivari Mountain, by Tohono O'odham people. Botanical studies place the I’itoi onion among a very old line of clumping onions brought to the US by Jesuit missionaries in the late 17th century, concluding that the onion is not necessarily a US native. Today they are eagerly sought out by chefs for their mild shallot-like bulbs and slightly spicy greens. The peppery flavor pairs well with Southwestern cuisine. They are very easy to cultivate and in the low-desert will grow in response to both winter and summer rains.  In cooler regions their growth is in the summer. Rarely flowers and set seeds; propagate by division of the bulbs. When the greens dry down dig up the bulbs and divide. Enjoy some but be sure to save a few for your next planting. The name I'itoi signifies the Elder Brother, who is the creator deity in Tohono O'odham legends. Approx. 10 bulbs per packet.

Availability of I'itoi's Onion is seasonal and quantities are limited at this time.

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This variety is in low supply and we are currently able to make it available only to Native Seeds/SEARCH members (with a two packet limit) and through the Native American Free Seed Program. Members, please enter your membership discount code below to unlock this product. Your membership support enables us to continue making this diversity available!

$2.95


 
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