About Vidalia Onions
Vidalia Onions are the rage! This very large ,and very sweet onion, is popular
for Bloomin' Onions and many other onion recipes. But, what kind of onions
Vidalia onions are defined by where they are grown, and only partially
by the variety of onion.
Vidalia onions are defined as a sweet onion, low in sulphur, that is grown
in Georgia. They originated in Vidalia, Georgia. It was first grown by a
farmer named Mose Coleman in 1931. At that time, sweet onions were not well
known, or popular. The Vidalia onion gained much of its sweetness, largely
due the lack of sulphur in the soil in the Vidalia area. Sulphur is what
gives onions their pungent flavor.
Vidalia onions are trademarked. Legally, you can not buy Vidalia onion
seed, grow it in your area, and call the crop Vidalia onions. State
and federal legislation defines only certain counties of Georgia, as producers
of Vidalia Onions.
The seeds are short day, Granex type onion seeds. These include Yellow Granex,
Texas Grano and other Granex varieties. These seed varieties are readily
The combination of granex onion seeds, low sulphur soil and being grown in
the Vidalia, Georgia area is what qualifies an onion to be called and sold
as a "Vidalia onion".
In summary, you can buy and grow the same seed varieties used for growing
Vidalia onions. But, only those grown in the designated area can be marketed
and sold as Vidalia onions.
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