The effects of onion and ginger consumption on platelet thromboxane production were examined. Volunteers, all Danish women, consumed either 70 g raw onion or 5 g raw ginger daily for a period of 7 days. Each participant in each (onion or ginger) group served as her own control. TxB2 determination was made in serum obtained after blood clotting. The following are the results. TxB2 (pmol/ml serum): (i) onion group--before consumption 910 +/- 327, after consumption 1005 +/- 713 (Mean +/- SD, N = 5); (ii) ginger consumption 782 +/- 482, after consumption 498 +/- 164 (Mean +/- SD, N = 7).