Sweet Onions

sweet-onion2Each harvest season begins in mid-June and continues until mid-August. Locati Farms, Inc. hand selects only those Walla Walla Sweet Onions that have that perfect color, shape, and texture.

The mild taste of a Walla Walla Sweet Onion is not due to sugar, but rather a low sulphur content, which is half of an ordinary yellow onion.

Walla Walla Sweets are a good source of Vitamin C, are sodium free, contain no cholesterol and only 60 calories.

If each Walla Walla Sweet is kept separate in a cool, ventilated location, it can be stored for up to 3 months.

Tips For Home Storage:

Do not store whole onions in plastic bags – the lack of air circulation reduces storage life, a basket or mesh bag provides good air circulation. Do not store onions with potatoes or other produce items that release moisture. When kept dry and cool or refrigerated, onions can keep longer than 4-8 weeks. Chopped or diced onions can be frozen for future use.

Did you know?

  • The onion is part of the Lily family
  • The name ‘onion’ stems from the Latin word ‘Unus’ meaning oneness or unity
  • Alexander the Great ordered his troops to eat onions to improve their vitality
  • The Romans ate onions to gain strength & courage; Egyptians also believed onion had strength-producing powers
  • Egyptian mummies set out for the after-life with a stock of onions carefully wrapped in bandages, looking like another mummy
  • Onions were such an important part of life in Ancient Egypt that leaders took an oath of office with their right hand on an onion
  • Onions represent the third largest fresh vegetable industry in the United States. The U.S. per capita consumption of onions is around 18.7 pounds per year. This translates to approximately 370 semi-truck loads of onions used in the United States each day. National Onion Association
  • The onion has amazingly been the focus of some mighty strange legislation over the years. For example, in Nacogdoches, Texas, it’s against the law for “young women” to indulge in any raw onions after 6 pm. It is doubtful this law has been enforced in quite some time.
  • During the Civil War, General Ulysses S. Grant sent an urgent message to the War Department: “I will not move my army without onions.” The very next day, three train loads of onions were on their way to the front.
  • “It’s probably illegal to make soups, stews and casseroles without plenty of onions.” Maggie Waldron, American author and editor