Hundred-year-old Tip for Eliminating “Onion Breath”

Ever think that you may have onion breath? . . . No worries. Here’s a hundred-year-old tip for eliminating it:

It is claimed that eating parsley will sweeten an onion breath.

The Housewife’s Cook Book by Lilla Frich (1917)

27 thoughts on “Hundred-year-old Tip for Eliminating “Onion Breath”

  1. I don’t have a clue where I would have heard this, but I have. Whether it works or not, I don’t know. It would be a little harder to carry parsley in a purse than breath mints, but a hundred years ago, it might have been an easier option.

    1. 🙂 It’s interesting that you’ve heard of this before. The idea of eating parsley to get rid of onion breath was “new” to me when I saw it mentioned in the old cookbook.

    2. this is not an old wives tale! works very well and you can even get capsules on a card so that you can keep them in a suit pocket etc. at the whole food store.

    1. Parley’s something that I use as a garnish or in small amounts in a recipe. I never even think of eating beyond that – but I’m going to have to try eating a little as a stand-alone vegetable the next time I buy it.

        1. I’m definitely going to have to try this. I’m really curious about how it will flavor the water. I’ve seen cucumber slices in water but never parsley.

          1. I should mention that I put sprigs of parsley; not chopped parsley. And a slice or two of lemon with the parsley works well. I drank gallons of this combo over summer.

    1. It’s fascinating that you’ve heard of this before. It makes me think that it must work if I found the tip in a hundred-year-old cookbook, and you’ve heard the same tip much more recently.

  2. I think this is why restaurants used to put little sprigs of parsley on your dinner plate. That’s something that’s out of fashion now, but I believe it was to allow you to cleanse your palate after your meal.

    1. This sounds like advice that has stood the test of time. I’d never heard of it until I read the tip in an old cookbook. I’m definitely going to have to try eating parsley after I eat an onion.

      An aside – one of my pet peeves is that whenever I buy a bunch of parsley, I use a small amount as a garnish and end up throwing most of it away. Now that I’ve discovered a reason to eat parsley by itself, I may have less waste. 🙂

  3. The French eat their salad last and I think they feel it aids digestion and probably sweetens breath! My husband’s parents (French, and French-Italian American) always ate this way, salad last, and we do too. I much prefer that now but we always forget to ask a restaurant to give us our salad last!

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