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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Vidalia Onions

Blooming flowers aren't the only thing I look forward to each spring.
Vidalia Onion season is another!



Super sweet and mild, we've been piling them on burgers
and sauteing them with mushrooms and garlic to go with our steaks!




Not all sweet onions can be called Vidalia!
They must be grown in a production area defined by law
in Georgia and by the United States Code of Federal Regulations!

The onions were first grown near Vidalia, Georgia in the 1930's.
Their unusual sweetness is contributed to the low sulfur content
in the soil of that area.  A man named Mose Coleman is believed
to have discovered the sweet onion in 1931.

And there you have it!
Yum!


55 comments:

  1. I'm not going to lie Betsy, this was difficult to read because for my entire life I have been an avid hater of onions haha! Anything that onions go near turns me haha which has caused some seriously conflict in the house because like you my mum and dad absolutely love them! Interesting stories behind these onions though.

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    1. hahaha...oh, so sorry to torture you. lol.... my oldest won't touch onions, either, so you aren't alone! :)

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    2. Is that Taylor yeah? My kind of guy then haha! :)

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  2. oh you are killing me sis...i love vidalia onions...so sweet...especially when sauteed in butter...mmm.......summer delicacy

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    1. oh, I know...aren't they the best? Yep...in butter..absolutely!

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  3. We love vidalia onions too - they really are the best!

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    1. Isn't it warm in Georgia all year? haha..I wish they could have another crop in the fall!

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  4. Oh yes...lots of butter. We use onions in so many ways around my kitchen. Love your up close and personal pictures.... Yum.

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    1. I'm guessing if we can get Vidalias in Ohio, you can in California, too?

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    2. You have to look for them, not every store has them. But they are the sweetest of all!

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  5. I love onions a lot! and these look wonderful betsy!

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    1. Do they ship them to Chile? just curious if they go outside the USA.

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    2. I think I look one time but only in some stores but normally I have the yellow and purples!

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    3. Ok...I'll send you one if you send me one of those cappuccino cakes. ha.

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  6. Blah is all I will say
    To such a display
    Never liked those
    Even when food didn't cause me woes

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    1. maybe a vidalia one you would like!
      You'd have to take the Georgia hike!

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    2. Going all the way there
      Would not be worth it at my lair haha

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    3. but you could stop and visit the zoo
      on your way to the onion view!
      hahaha.

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  7. So yummy with mushrooms and burgers! and there's a host of other ways to love them too!

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    1. tons of ways...and all delicious! I might have to freeze some!

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  8. These are so wonderful! I love them!

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  9. Kind of like Hatch Chiles that must be grown in Hatch, New Mexico.
    I love Vidalias too! You're making me hungry.

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    1. Mmmmm...hatch chiles on the grill and sauteed vidalias...we could make some really yummy tacos with those together! :)

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    2. soft or crunch shells? I like either! :)

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  10. Love Vidalia onions....Love your new header....Love your new profile pic...
    Anything else??? Oh yeah...I love Vivian!!! hahaha!

    Enjoy your weekend...I'm staring tomorrow...

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. awww....I love Vivian, too! :)

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    2. You sweet thing you...lovely comment!!!
      I will get the guest room ready...the view is gorgeous!!!

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  11. You are the only person I know that can make onions look beautiful.
    Interesting fact about Vidalia onions. Learned something today!

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    1. I learned something, too! I knew they were from Vidalia, Georgia, but didn't know about the regulation laws! How wonderful to have a farm in that land and know the whole country is wanting to buy your onions!

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  12. Ah, your photographs are just stunning. Visually delicious, plus they make me want to rush out to the kitchen to make a caramelized onion tart.

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    1. Well, thanks, Kern! I'm so glad you stopped by! Now a caramelized onion tart sounds wonderful! I'll have to look for a recipe!

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  13. Oh, for the love of a good onion in spring! LOL! Along with the Vidalia, we have a locally grown "Noonday Onion" we all look forward to enjoying! blessings ~ tanna

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    1. Well, lucky you to have a good sweet onion locally! And I love the name!

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  14. Great onion photo! I can almost hear the crackling of their papery skins. Cute new profile pic...perfect for your blog. Love the violets in the new header, too. So much to see today! :)

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    1. After trying to get the boys to pose for pictures lately, it was a pleasure to photograph those onions. They are so cooperative! lol.....

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  15. When I was a child I used to eat them like an apple. Everyone thought I was crazy but I liked them that way. Eventually I got tired of everyone making fun of me and so I stopped. I love red onions on my burgers because they give it such great flavor. Cooking without onions is like a sunrise without a sunset. Onions are a must have.

    Enjoy your onions!

    God bless.

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    1. I remember seeing a vintage advertisement that had a child eating a vidalia like an apple, with the claim that they were that sweet! haha...Maybe it was you! :) I agree about onions adding flavor to everything...almost as important as salt!

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  16. I've got the burgers right about now, so will you bring the onions?

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    1. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind trying the onions with the grilled pork chops you mention in your sidebar...

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    2. Dinner is at 6:00. How fast can you drive? ha.

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    3. Not that fast, unfortunately!

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    4. By the way... I already answered your challenge!

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    5. Gee. You need to get the batmobile in for a tune-up!

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  17. One of Georgia's finest! Just a couple of hours driving and I'm there... for the Vidalia Onion Festival they have every year celebrating this mighty tasty morsel. Folks actually eat these things raw like an apple off the tree. I haven't done that one, but oh I love the sauteed, and stir frys, and sliced on fresh burgers off the grill. Making my mouth water!!

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    1. Oooh,...I would love to go to that festival! Lucky you! Take pictures, ok? I'll watch for them on facebook. :)

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  18. Hi Betsy:

    Have you heard of Walla Walla sweet onions? We have them here in the Northwest and they are so good. I wonder if they taste similar to the Vidalia?

    Shari

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    1. Hi Shari!

      Yes, I've heard of them...and I think I've seen them in the stores. If they are around after the vidalias are done, I'll give them a try! Thanks for the tip!

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  19. When onion shopping there are too many choices so I always just go for Vidalias. After reading your post I guess it is a good choice . . .

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