This is the most common onion variety grown. The papery skins on these onions are golden to brown in colour and the flesh is white. Brown onions have a strong flavour so are usually cooked rather than eaten raw. These onions have a-low water content so they store well in cool, well-ventilated place that is preferably dark.
Varieties include: Pukekohe Long Keeper; Early Long Keeper; Kiwi Gold.
Red onions are gaining in popularity. Red onions have red to burgundy coloured papery skins and red tinged flesh. The shape of red onions varies with variety – Spanish type red onions are large round onions; Californian type reds are flatter in shape and have a milder flavour; Globe red onions have a stronger pungency and better storage qualities.