Plant-Lore

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Onions as life-rafts

Posted on by royvickery |

‘I remember my father telling me that while running canteens in Royal Navy ships during the war he always kept a sack of onions [Allium cepa] close at hand for his own use in case of emergency. The reason was that he couldn’t swim and it was well known among seamen that the best floating objects after a ship went down were sacks of onions’ [letter from Bromley, Kent, in The Times, 6 May 2013].

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