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Allium cepa. Onion. Near Ramallah, Palestine. Alliaceae or Liliaceae

The scientific name of the onion is Allium cepa, closely related to garlic, leeks, and chives. Like many plants in the Mediterranean communities, onion has a storage bulb and loses its leaves during the dry season. The onion bulb is composed of overlapping leaf scales. Onions are mentioned in the Bible only in Numbers 11:5 but are an essential component of Middle East cooking.

Allium cepa. Onion. Near Nablus, Palestine. Alliaceae or Liliaceae