🧄 “Alliums” is the term used to describe a group of vegetables that have become crucial to cooking.
🧅 The word allium is Latin for “garlic” but this family of vegetables includes onions, garlic, scallions, shallots, leeks, and chives.
🧄 Allium plants are part of the lily family and grow from bulbs. Some even produce beautiful flowers.
🧅 There are more than 700 different types of alliums in the world.
🧄 They provide a variety of vitamins and minerals including B vitamins, vitamin C, potassium, folate, selenium, and manganese.
🧅 Alliums can help feed good gut bacteria because they’re high in soluble fibers called fructans.
🧄 The powerful antioxidants quercetin and glutathione can be found in alliums. These can help your body with everything from bladder infections, reducing blood pressure, working as an antihistamine, to boosting your heart health and immune system.
🧅 Some of the compounds in alliums have antimicrobial properties that can be good for your gut and mouth health.