Episode 1 – Onions: tears, mayhem and tasty bass notes

Celebrating the volatile nature of onions...

We love onions. They’re a key player in our “mmmm that smells good! Whatcha cookin?” starter pack. But it turns out our bulbous little friends are pretty darn volatile (in more ways than one). Let’s peel back the layers and find out more!

Quiz Answers
Question 1.
If an onion was playing an instrument in an orchestra, what would it be?
Bass
Question 2.
Scientists from which country invented an onion that won’t make you cry?
New Zealand
Question 3.
What kind of snake did an angry customer throw at a guy in Canada?
Garter
Question 4.
What chemical, beginning with S, makes onions smell so strong?
Sulphur
Question 5.
In ancient Egypt, what shape symbolised eternity?
Circles
Question 6.
What kind of gut-loving fibre is in onions?
Prebiotic

Sources
The Secret Life of Food: a Feast of Food and Drink History Folklore and Fact by Martin Elkort.
‘Man Tosses Snake Behind Tim Hortons Counter Over Diced Onion Dispute’, CBC News, December 8, 2014.
‘New Zealand: ‘No Tears’ Onion’ by Agence France-Presse, New York Times, February 2, 2008.

Credits


This episode was narrated and produced by Alice Zaslavsky.
The concentric appreciation ad was voiced by Courtney Glass.
Writer: Sam West.
Editor: Sam Lowe.
Recording: Tender Trap Studios, Melbourne.
Curriculum Specialist: Beverley Laing.
Logo design: Love + Money.
Funding: Hort Innovation.

Lesson Plans

For Teachers

Free Australian Curriculum-aligned lesson plans, springboards and activities for Yr 3-6.

Episode 1 – Onions: tears, mayhem and tasty bass notes

Yr Level

Learning Area

Curriculum Code
Tears Before Dinner
4 5 6 7 8
Science
ACSSU074 ACSHE062 ACSIS065 ACSSU043 ACSSU077 ACSHE083 ACSIS086 ACSSU095
Episode 1 – Onions: tears, mayhem and tasty bass notes
Tears Before Dinner
Yr Level
4 5 6 7 8
Learning Area
Science
Curriculum Code
ACSSU074 ACSHE062 ACSIS065 ACSSU043 ACSSU077 ACSHE083 ACSIS086 ACSSU095