As you can guess from its name, the Bermuda Onion gained its notoriety from the Island of Bermuda even though many feel it has Italian origins. However, it was the first settlers from England to Bermuda who introduced the onion. It didn’t take long for these sweet, succulent onions to be a popular accompaniment to English meals and by 1847 the first ship load of onions were exported from Bermuda to the USA. It’s no surprise then that Bermuda was called the Onion Patch.
Today Bermuda onions no longer come from Bermuda. They still grow these onions, but they do not export them. Bermuda onions are grown primarily in Texas and are the leading vegetable crop for Texas. They grow two types of Bermuda onions – the Yellow and White Bermuda.
You can distinguish the Bermuda onion because of its large, bulb-shaped, usually purple-red skinned onion with white flesh but it can also be white or yellow. Its flavor is sweet and mild. This onion is excellent for salads, sandwiches, and cooking. It has a shorter shelf life but is as versatile as the basic yellow onion, and is available throughout the year. These onions are full of vitamins and minerals, definitely an aid in healthy eating.
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