French onion seller ‘Johnny Onions’ comes to Poole High Street for Christmas

Bournemouth Echo: French onion seller ‘Johnny Onions’ comes to Poole High Street for Christmas French onion seller ‘Johnny Onions’ comes to Poole High Street for Christmas

“JOHNNY ONIONS” will be trading his mild, pink-tinged Roscoff onions in Poole High Street this Christmas.

Jean-Claude Caroff is one of the few French onion sellers left and has been busy stringing his onions, shallots and garlic at his store behind the High Street.

Brittany onion sellers were once a frequent sight on English streets and the Frenchman, who settled down in Poole more than 30 years-ago, followed in the footsteps of his father Paul.

“The onions keep me young and healthy,” said Jean-Claude, 67. “Eat them raw, like apples, with cheese.”

Based in England since 1977, he believes he is the only Johnny Onions left in the south of England.

He and his laden bicycle can be found from Monday. December 16 until Christmas outside the Julia's House shop in the High Street from 7am to 10.30am and 1pm to 4.30pm.

On Christmas Eve he will be outside The Globe from 8am to 4.30pm.

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2:38pm Thu 12 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

"Yes i remember them well"
"Yes i remember them well" pete woodley

3:27pm Thu 12 Dec 13

dinkie123 says...

Oh my gosh! I didn't know he was still alive....unless it's not the same one, but I remember all through my youth 'johnny the onion man' coming to my nans house frequently with onions. I remember him teaching me some french too!

How crazy.... can't wait to get back to the UK for Christmas to go pay him a lil visit (maybe he was one of the people who influenced me with my languages?)
Oh my gosh! I didn't know he was still alive....unless it's not the same one, but I remember all through my youth 'johnny the onion man' coming to my nans house frequently with onions. I remember him teaching me some french too! How crazy.... can't wait to get back to the UK for Christmas to go pay him a lil visit (maybe he was one of the people who influenced me with my languages?) dinkie123

3:36pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Huey says...

dinkie123 wrote:
Oh my gosh! I didn't know he was still alive....unless it's not the same one, but I remember all through my youth 'johnny the onion man' coming to my nans house frequently with onions. I remember him teaching me some french too! How crazy.... can't wait to get back to the UK for Christmas to go pay him a lil visit (maybe he was one of the people who influenced me with my languages?)
brings a tear to your eye....
[quote][p][bold]dinkie123[/bold] wrote: Oh my gosh! I didn't know he was still alive....unless it's not the same one, but I remember all through my youth 'johnny the onion man' coming to my nans house frequently with onions. I remember him teaching me some french too! How crazy.... can't wait to get back to the UK for Christmas to go pay him a lil visit (maybe he was one of the people who influenced me with my languages?)[/p][/quote]brings a tear to your eye.... Huey

3:36pm Thu 12 Dec 13

MrPitiful says...

Raw onions? Eat them like apples?

Doesn't a-peel to me!

And that's shallot from me on the subject!
Raw onions? Eat them like apples? Doesn't a-peel to me! And that's shallot from me on the subject! MrPitiful

4:21pm Thu 12 Dec 13

contric says...

i saw him and asked to buy some he pointed to one and said that one is called pierre the one behind it is called andre and the big one at the front is called marcel so i asked him how he remembered their names and he said i know my onions
i saw him and asked to buy some he pointed to one and said that one is called pierre the one behind it is called andre and the big one at the front is called marcel so i asked him how he remembered their names and he said i know my onions contric

2:13am Fri 13 Dec 13

billd766 says...

I can remember his predecessors back in the 1950s in Pound Lane Poole where I lived at the time.
I can remember his predecessors back in the 1950s in Pound Lane Poole where I lived at the time. billd766

9:40am Fri 13 Dec 13

KLH says...

I bought a string last year and had some pickled - beautiful flavour.
I bought a string last year and had some pickled - beautiful flavour. KLH

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