There are various states in the US who have ‘famous’ onions beside Hawaii (Maui onion). Texas, the state of Washington, and Georgia provide more varieties for us to enjoy. There are more than 20 states that actually grow various types of onion.
The Supersweet Onion of Texas is a very mild and crunchy onion. It is sweet, yet with a delicate flavor, and can weigh a pound and measure up to four inches in diameter. Originally developed by a horticulture professor at Texas A&M (Dr. Leonard Pike), is it famous for being a ‘tear-free’ onion since it is low in pyruvate, the chemical for inciting tears.
Another “sweet” onion is the Walla Walla Onion, and as its name suggests, it was named for where it grows: Walla Walla County, Washington, and developed by a French soldier settling in that county around 1900. Through reseeding of a sweet onion from Corsica, Peter Pieri came up with the round-shaped, jumbo size sweet onion with white flesh.
One more “sweet” onion is from my state, Georgia. It’s the Vidalia Onion, and grown in Vidalia, Georgia. Mose Coleman is the person credited with first growing these sweet onions in the early 1930’s. Vidalia’s are large white onions with a thin outer skin and enjoyed in salads, onion soup, or other dishes where you want a sweet onion flavor without the pungent taste.
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