Negi’s first appearance is “Nihon Shoki”!
Negi is familiar with our desk. The main hypothesis is that the place of origin is Western China and Central Asia. In China, there is a description of scallion from BC, and it is written as “green”. One of the five sutras in China, “Reiki,” also describes how to cook onions.
It is said that it was introduced to Japan via the Korean Peninsula before the 8th century. He may have come earlier because “Nihon Shoki” (720) was compiled in Nara times referring to “Akigi. “in the sixth year of Emperor Niken (493). ..
“Negi”, with such a long history, is called Negi because it eats white roots, treating the sheaves (the stem) as the roots. It seems that around the Genroku era (1688-1703), the word “green root” was written as it is now.
First, pay attention to the nutrition and ingredients in onions!
Does wrapping scallions around the neck cure a cold? To find out, I first focused on the nutrients and ingredients in onions.
The nutrients for scallions include potassium, calcium, vitamin C and β-carotene. They are more abundant in green leaves.
On the other hand, the scent ingredient Negiol contained in the white part of Negi has an antibacterial effect. This ingredient, which helps kill viruses, seems to fight cold viruses.
What I want to pay more attention to is the pungent smell that comes up when cutting onions. This is an ingredient known as “allyl sulfide (alicin)” that enhances vitamin B1 absorption and leads to fatigue recovery. In addition, it can be expected to have effects such as warming the body, promoting sweat secretion and improving blood circulation.
In other words, in general, onions contain many ingredients that are effective against colds.
Does making it “neck wrap” really make sense?
It can be said that the method of wrapping onions around the neck is a folk remedy. Although it is outside the framework of modern medicine, this is a curative method that has been trusted and handed down by the people for a long time.
If you can imagine whether it will work or not, if you roll such onion, Shimonita onion is thick and hard to wind, and it has effect on the onionol contained in the white part, so it lies deep in the area. Kanto than lush Kujo onion. There are many different possibilities, such as a better fit. Also, if you want to make the most of the “Alicin” effect that occurs when you are cutting onions, you should cut the onions and wrap the chopped onion in a towel and wrap it around your neck.
There is also a folk remedy that drinking Negi-to is similar to wrapping Negi, however this method seems to be more effective as it delivers nutrients and ingredients directly into the body. However, since wrapping onions around the neck looks more bizarre, it is certain that the rumor “wrapping onions around the neck will cure a cold” is even more likely to spread.
Next time, I will mention some interesting vegetable myths and legends.
The above information is current as of January 2018.