You’re happily slicing onions for your dinner when suddenly your eyes are burning and tears are streaming down your cheeks. You even have to step away! Why are onions such jerks sometimes? Well, turns out that onions are particularly good at absorbing sulphur which they use in a number of amino acids. When you cut an onion, you break open the cells. The enzymes meet the sulphur-rich amino acids and form unstable sulfenic acids, which then rearrange into a sneaky, volatile chemical causing a burning sensation when it comes in contact with your eyes. In order to keep your precious eyes from being damaged, your brain quickly triggers a response to rinse the offending irritant away. You are left with red eyes and tear-stained cheeks in the middle of preparing dinner.Too much chemistry for you? Well, let’s keep it simple. Onions are tear-jerkers nowadays for reasons other than the compounds present in them. With onion prices hitting historic highs, the government’s slow response in playing the leading role and the opposition having a field day in criticizing the government, it seems like the show will go on for quite a while, making it the latest blockbuster.Looks like emotions are at a high and everyone has an opinion about it. There are those who feel blessed as they have nothing to do with onions and garlic while there are others who can’t resist taking a dig, advising the former to eat avocado instead.In the meantime, the common man is silently watching the drama and is left wondering as to when exactly the humble onion will make a re-entry into his plate.Even though no knives are out, onions are still their natural, tear-inducing selves. Obviously, it is to do with their current inflated prices in the wholesale and retail market. The skyrocketing prices have cut into the budget of consumers, many having forsaken the beloved bulb for now.