So why does onion makes us cry?? According to what science says it is because
“Onions produce the chemical irritant known as syn-propanethial-S-oxide. It stimulates the eyes’ lachrymal glands so they release tears. Scientists used to blame the enzyme allinase for the instability of substances in a cut onion.”
That’s one way to explain it, however there is another theory which is not only better but also interesting. Is it true? I don’t know and honestly I won’t bother myself with knowing if it’s true or not.
The story is…
Once upon a time there lived an old lady. She was so old that she could not have got any older and her hair could not have been any more whiter, And all she used to do was to cook and sleep.
One day she went to market to buy vegetables for cooking. She first bought Tomatoes. Then she bought Capsicum and at last she bought an Onion. She put all three of them in a small bag and started walking back home thinking what she was going to make out of these three.
While the old lad was on her way back home all the three veggies became friends! They promised to remain friends forever and beyond forever and well beyond forever that too. Silly and innocent vegetables were still unaware of what was going to happen to them.
That evening after lot of thinking Old lady finally decided that she will be making Tomato soup. She pulled Mr Tomato out and before Mr Capsicum and Mr Onion could realize what was going on old lady pierced a knife through Mr Tomato instantly killing him! Both of them now realised what exactly was going on and what their fate had in store for them. That night after the old lady went to sleep after enjoying tomato soup made of Mr Tomato, both Mr Capsicum and Mr Onion cried and mourned for the death of their friend.
Next day old lady decided to cook Capsicum curry. And yes as you all have guessed she pulled Mr Capsicum out and WHAAK!!! Mr Capsicum was no more. Such was the force with which old lady sliced him that all of tiny white mentos that Mr Capsicum had eaten were scattered and thrown everywhere. All Mr Onion could do was watch and cry silently.
That night Mr Onion could not sleep. He knew that he was next. He also knew that there is nothing that he can do about it, he was worried that who will remember him when he dies and most importantly will his death matter to anyone!!
He was busy in these thoughts when suddenly a bright light flashed and he saw Miss ladyfingers the queen of vegetables standing in front of him!
“I can understand your pain Mr Onion, and I am here to help you”, said Miss ladyfingers.
Mr Onion was mesmerized by the beauty of Queen asked how was she planning to help him.
Then Miss ladyfingers spurned her magic wand and said that now who ever will kill My Onion or any of his brothers sisters or siblings, they them self-will cry and mourn Onion’s death.
And so next day when Old lady sliced Mr Onion she saw tears flowing out of her eyes and she mourned the death of Mr Onion.
Ever since that day anyone anywhere who kills Onions has to mourn his death himself and all because of Vegetable queen Miss ladyfingers.
[ This was told to me when I was a kid by my maternal grandma, years passed since we last spoke but she still is there in my heart in the form of various stories and adventures she told me. 🙂 ]