Yellow Onions

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Yellow Onions

Yellow Onions make up 88% (Source: NOA) of the market. They have a tangy sweet flavor when cooked and are used in many types of recipes. They have a dark brown color when cooked and their full flavor adds to any dish. They should be firm and free of any blemishes, mold, and soft spots. Yellow onions will have various skins depending on season. Spring and summer onions have a lighter skin, sweeter flavor, and higher water content which decreases their shelf life. Fall and winter onions have a thicker, dark skin with a strong flavor.

Storage TipsOnion Nutrition Red Onions

  1. Store onions in mesh bags which allow adequate ventilation.
  2. Onions will keep best at temperatures near 36 °F (2 °C) for extended periods.
  3. Maintain consistent air flow and keep out of direct sunlight.
  4. Keep away from foods which absorb odors.

Buyer Tips

Yellow onions should be firm and free of any blemishes, mold, and soft spots. They will have various skins depending on season.

Sweet Yellow Onions

Sweet onions have a low sulfur content along with a higher water and sugar content which makes them milder than their stronger flavored cousins. One of the most famous sweet onions in the United States is the legendary Vidalia. It is only grown in a small region of Georgia. Other popular sweet onions are Walla Wallas, Liberty Sweets, Oso Sweets, and Carzalia Sweets just to name a few.

How can I tell if an onion is sweet?

Sweet onions tend to have a thinner, lighter skin than their storage counterparts. Most produce sections should have signs clearly marking the difference in onions but if not look for PLU stickers.