You can probably guess the origin of this onion…Maui, Hawaii. This onion is sweet and juicy with golden-yellow skin but is only available from April to June. This variety of sweet onion lacks the sulfur which is responsible for the usual strong odor and sharp taste associated with most onions. Their shape is more unique than other onions because they look like flattened globes and can weigh anywhere from 1/2 pound to 3/4 pound.
The State of Hawaii promotes their famous onion and actually claims it is as good if not better than the Vidalia onion from Georgia. Hawaiian farmers claim if the onion isn’t grown on Maui then it isn’t a true Maui onion. This is probably true and mainly because of the rich volcanic soil that dominates the landscape of Maui, but of course the warm weather in Maui also plays into creating a delicious onion; however, they are also now grown in Texas.
There are numerous ways to use and enjoy these flavorful onions from slicing them thinly for salads, sandwiches, eating them raw as well as cooking or grilling them. And let’s not forget them as onion rings. Try some this Spring. Maui Onions, we salute you!
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