Walla Walla Sweet Onions--Second to None
It's that time of year when the scent of sweet onions permeate the air in parts of the Walla Walla Valley.
Walla Walla Sweet Onions have been grown as a specialty vegetable crop since 1900.
To be labeled a "Genuine Walla Walla Sweet Onion" the onion must be grown in the legal production area
which encompasses Walla Walla county in southeastern Washington and a small part of northeastern Oregon.
The appealing mildness of Walla Walla Sweet Onions is due to their low sulfur content--less sulphur means less bite and no tears--
and is half that of ordinary yellow storage onions. And despite the Sweet Onion label, they contain negligible amounts of sugar.
Look for the round shape, elongated neck, dry, paper-thin skin, and the "Genuine" seal.
The Sweets are larger than most onions; they can weigh up to 2lbs. each and measure 5 inches.
The Sweets are planted in early fall and overwinter before restarting growth in early spring.
They are available mid-June through September, although this year's crop seems to be a bit early.