A double-Socks (a pair of Socks?) post today!
This one is short, and as sweet as the onion in question is supposed to be. I hate the things, so I can’t comment on that – she just said a ‘sweet onion’ because they are larger than most. I chose Vidalia as I know how very much my onion-loving family appreciated them when they were in season. I know they are large, and not as smelly as most onions, and are apparently really really nice raw, if you like raw onions. Vidalias are grown exclusively in the state of Georgia, USA, and in only seven counties there. They have protected status there, and if the US had laws like Europe does, they would enjoy the same protected geographical status as Champagne, Gorgonzola or Parma ham. The Georgians have every right to be proud of their onion!
Even if I dislike them intensely, I feel a bit of loyalty to the bulb and would rather that Button was a Vidalia than any other allium. Button is already 5.1 inches and 5.9 ounces (13 cm & 167 gm) at seventeen weeks. I think at this point, I’m a little – ok, more than a little – amazed at how fast a whole human can be grown. We are remarkable creatures to be able to make whole new people inside of us! I’d rather reproduce by mitosis myself, but still, it is rather amazing.
And even more amazing that my best friend chose to do this, and is loving every minute so far.
Can I offer a correction? Vidalia onions are also grown her in the farming community of VIDALIA, CALIFORNIA ! They are my favorites BTW…every bit as good as Maui onions IMHO. ( oh, did I tell you that I used to be a chef for about, oh…twenty-one years or so. )
Sorry. Big typo : they are grown in CA n a farming community called, oddly enough, VISALIA, CA. Some people here actually call them Visalia onions. ( Isn’t this a pulse-poundingly exciting conversation we’re having? It’s 1am here on a Friday night and I’m talking to a woman in Ireland about onions? I REALLY have to get out more…)
That’s right, no Californiains can claim the Georgia peaches or onions 🙂 They say it has something to do with the soil in those seven counties – and I do know Georgia has some unique dirt having played in Ga red clay many a time. They used to import it to FL to use as building foundations as our sand wasn’t stable enough. Then they realised it turned the white sand pink when hurricanes came through and washed the sand away, and banned it.
I take my excitement where I can get it…my other option this morning is doing dishes or trying to cut up the tree of doom.