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February 9, 2015

The Amazing Onion Mum

Hubby and I went out for lunch with the family to a cafe that overlooked the water. A really pretty spot to while away a Sunday afternoon. Hubby’s brother is a regular at this cafe, and he ordered something called an onion mum. I’d seen the sign in the cafe advertising them and the fact that the cafe had sold 80,033 (plus one more after our order), but I had no idea what they were.

Onion Mum

Behold! This is the onion mum. The onion is sliced, bread-crumbed and deep fried. A warm dip was placed inside. The final verdict – yummy.

Here is a video that shows the method for making an onion mum. It seems that the dish has varying names – onion blossom, onion flower, blooming onion and onion mum (short for chrysanthemum)

Have you eaten or made an onion mum?


  1. Mary Kirkland

    I’ve seen the bloomin onion here at the Outback Steakhouse but never had one. Closest thing I’ve had was onion rings. Looks really good though.

    • Shelley Munro

      Onion rings are good too. They’re very similar actually – both not good for a person :)

  2. anna (herding cats & burning soup)

    Yum a bloomin onion. Gah but those are good. It’s been probably a decade since I’ve had one. I’ve been kicking around trying to make one at home lately. Mmmm.

    • Shelley Munro

      Well, they look easy enough to make. The person using the knife in the video did concern me though. I thought they were going to whip off their finger!

  3. Maria Zannini

    I’ve tried the blooming onion. They say it’s loaded with calories, but it sure tastes good.

    • Shelley Munro

      Yes, deep-fried. Definitely not good for you but tasty.

  4. Nancy Henderson

    In upstate NY, there is a steak restaurant that calls them “Cactus blossoms”.

    • Shelley Munro

      I’d never heard of them before. It’s obvious they go by many names.