This page cannot be viewed in frames

Go to page

If you have found a spelling error, please, notify us by selecting that text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

Onions – delicacy of Romans

This post is also available in: Polish (polski)

Onions - delicacy of Romans
Onions - delicacy of Romans

Onion was extremely popular in ancient Roman times, and therefore it is probably still used in many dishes in Europe. With the conquest of Europe, the Romans took the vegetable with them to various regions, including Germany or Britain. In Rome, onions were considered an aphrodisiac.

Ovid supposedly owed his good bed form to her. Martial in turn recommended the vegetable to aged lovers. Interestingly, the Romans also associated onions with other positive properties: it was said to improve eyesight, it was ideal as a sleep aid, healed mouth ulcers, it was used on wounds after a dog bite, it was used to alleviate a toothache or it was an ideal remedy for dysentery. Pompeii confirms that onions were widely cultivated – archaeologists discovered gardens where onions grew there.

  • Piszczek Zdzisław (red.), Mała encyklopedia kultury antycznej, Warszawa 1983
  • Winniczuk Lidia, Ludzie, zwyczaje i obyczaje starożytnej Grecji i Rzymu, PWN, Warszawa 1983

IMPERIUM ROMANUM needs your support!

If you like the content that I collect on the website and that I share on social media channels I will be grateful for the support. Even the smallest amounts will allow me to pay for further corrections, improvements on the site and pay the server.



Find out more!

Check your curiosity and learn something new about the ancient world of the Romans. By clicking on the link below, you will be redirected to a random entry.

Random curiosity

Random curiosity

Discover secrets of ancient Rome!

If you want to be up to date with newest articles on website and discoveries from the world of ancient Rome, subscribe to the newsletter, which is sent each Saturday.

Subscribe to newsletter!

Subscribe to newsletter

Spelling error report

The following text will be sent to our editors: