Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Vidalia Onions

We love onions. One of our favorites is Vidalia sweet onions and they are at the Kroger stores right now.

Our bag said grown by Shuman Brothers, Reesville, Georgia. Boy are they good!

Had a big slice with a Tennessee tomato on one our our juicy hamburgers.

MMM good!

I wonder how they grow them so well? Talk about a specialty market.

"Did you know the discovery of our now-famous sweet onions was actually a fluke? Farmers in the 1930s were disappointed with results from traditional row crops like cotton and tobacco. Looking for a new “cash cow,” they planted onions. Imagine their surprise when the fledgling crop turned out sweet instead of hot like regular onions!

In the early 1940s, the State of Georgia built a farmers’ market in Vidalia. It was located at the junction of many of the state’s most bustling roads, and word soon spread of an amazingly different onion, repeatedly described as “those sweet onions from Vidalia.”

Production was slow the next two decades, but “Vidalia” onions were destined for fame. Piggly Wiggly grocery store happened to have a distribution center in town, and it wasn’t long before this pioneer of sweet onions reached every corner of the state.

By the 1980s, farmers united to seek both state and federal protection of the growing region and the Vidalia name. As their onion began its ascent to national fame, local support soared. Vidalia onions had their own annual festival (1977), their own mascot—Yumion! (1980)—and became the Official State Vegetable (1990).

So, what is it about Vidalias that makes them so sweet? Southeast Georgia’s mild climate, the area’s sandy, low sulfur soil, exclusive seed varieties, and precise farming practices make this original sweet onion mild and flavorful. Today, Vidalia onions are a seasonal treat anticipated each spring by millions of consumers coast to coast.

For more information about Vidalia® Onions, contact the Vidalia® Onion Committee at (912) 537-1918."

This about all I know about Vidalia onions other than I like them

Anyone got more information?

Ed Winkle

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