Sweet and succulent Vidalia Onions begin to fill grocery store and farmers' market vegetable bins during late spring and stay in season throughout the summer. While there are some other sweet onion hybrids, the real deal, identifiable by the official Vidalia® Onion sticker is only grown in a 20-county area of Georgia, which is comprised of 13 full counties and seven partial counties.
The delicious mild, yet distinctive, flavor of Georgia's Vidalia Onions is attributed to the low sulfur content of the soil combined with the mild Georgia climate and stringent quality control measures. Only Georgia Department of Agriculture-approved varieties are planted, strict fertilization and disease prevention techniques are required and hand harvesting at the peak time promotes optimum taste. Post harvest proper curing and storage allows for longer shelf life.
Discovered in 1931 by Toombs County, Georgia farmer Mose Coleman, the Vidalia Onion 75th Anniversary was celebrated in 2006. In 1990, Georgia's state legislature passed a resolution declaring the Vidalia Onion as Georgia's official state vegetable. The spring harvest is celebrated with an annual Vidalia Onion Festival, which attracts anywhere from 60,000 to 75,000 onion loving festival goers each year.
Nutritional Value of Onions
Serving Size: Raw, 1 medium onion - 148 grams
Onions are fat free, cholesterol free and a good source of Vitamin C.
- Calories - 60
- Protein - 1 gram
- Carbohydrate - 16 grams
- Total Fat - 0
- Saturated Fat - 0
- Sodium - 5 milligrams
- Potassium - 200 milligrams
- Dietary Fiber - 3 grams