Ailsa Craig Onion
Named after Ailsa, a small round island off the coast of Scotland that is solid rock. Introduced in 1887 by David Murray, gardener for the Marquis of Ailsa. Ailsa Craig is globe-shaped and solid. Large straw-colored onions with small necks average 2 pounds. Best for fresh use, not extended storage. Long-day type.
- 100 days from transplant
- ±7,500 seeds/oz
- Long-day onion
- Bulbs grow to 2 pounds
- Globe-shaped, solid bulbs
- Not for storage
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
Onions compliment a number of other vegetables. They are often used in stocks and soups and pair well with bay leaves, tarragon, rosemary, thyme, cumin, and coriander.
Caramelized onions offer a rich flavor without the heat or bite of a raw onion and can be used in soups, to top pizzas, or served over squash, mushrooms, or meat dishes.
You can also use onions in jams or marmalades for savory spreads on crusty bread. Add onions to your pickle recipes or roast them with apples.
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors in flats ¼" deep and space 1" in all directions. Transplant outdoors as soon as soil can be worked in spring. Keep onions well weeded with shallow cultivation.
- Start Indoors: 4-6 weeks before transplanting
- Germination: 4-10 Days
- Plant Outdoors: 4-6” Apart
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
This is my backup onion when I can't get my other seeds. It's a good all-around onion. I don't like fresh onions but do love them carmelized for burgers or added to other dishes. Like other onions, it requires loose soil. I generally plant my seeds a few weeks earlier than recommended because I like larger plants to plant outside. It makes it so much easier and I haven't noticed a difference in results at the end of the season.
Delicious and easy to grow.
by Bev Black
It's mid February and we still have some Alisa Craigs that have stored well. Delicious onion that grows to a nice large size.
These are my favorite onions to grow. They are super large which is always fun but they're also tasty onions. They don't store for too long so we will usually chop and freeze them so we have onions through the winter.