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An onion is a food item that heals 200 life points when consumed raw. When a player eats an onion, the message "It's always sad to see a grown man/woman cry" appears in the player's chat box.

An onion's main uses are in Farming and Cooking. Players can also take two onions and five coins to Aggie in Draynor Village to make yellow dye. If one looks closely as she does this, they can see something of a giant magical onion above her cauldron, that will turn into a bottle of yellow dye.

Obtaining onions

Onions grow in the back garden of Fred the Farmer's farmhouse east of the sheep pen in Lumbridge, in the field north of Rimmington, immediately south of the Draynor bank, and east of the southern entrance of Rellekka.

After completing the Fremennik Trials quest, members can buy onions from the greengrocers on Miscellania and Etceteria. Alternatively, they can steal them from the vegetable stalls there if they have at least level 2 Thieving.

Members can grow their own onions using the Farming skill (see below).

Members can gain onions free from a teak larder in the kitchen of their player-owned house, though they will need level 43 Construction to build it.


Players can grow onions at level 5 Farming to gain 9.5 experience points for planting them and 10.5 experience points for harvesting them. They need to plant 3 onion seeds in an allotment patch, and take approximately 40 minutes to grow.

Gardeners will look after the onion plants for a payment of 1 sack filled with 10 potatoes. Growing marigolds in the adjacent flower patch helps to protect the onion plants from disease.

Members can store up to 10 onions in a sack. They can then use the sack of onions to pay a gardener to watch over growing cabbages or asgarnian hops.

Alternatively, players can use onions in a Compost Bin to make compost.


Although players can eat onions by themselves, their main use is as an ingredient in Cooking. They are used in making ugthanki kebabs, garden pies, and mushroom potatoes (as well as fried onions and mushroom & onion, used in making the topping).

They are also used in gnome cooking to make vegetable battas, worm holes, and vegetable balls.

Drop sources

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Source Combat level Quantity Rarity
Mystery boxN/A1Common
Zombie (New Varrock)11Common
Zombie (New Varrock)11Unknown

Store locations

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