Walla Walla onions
Anyone know if they can be found in the ny metro area? esp downtown manhattan or brooklyn
They're apparantly quite sweet french style onions from Walla Walla, WA.
I would try Bermuda onions. They are pretty similar and usually found in the east vs Walla Walla in the west.
I live near Walla Walla, and Walla Walla sweet onions are seasonal, just like Vidalias. Availability is generally summer/early fall.
I'd be leery of buying WW Sweets outside of the Pacific NW. They are wonderful, but have such a high water content they're quite perishable.
They're not that perishable; we're not talking about vine ripened tomatoes or papaya. You can't keep them, with minimal environmental control, for months and months the way you can yellow/Spanish onions, but you can certainly take them across country in fine shape. And if you wrap them very tightly and refrigerate, they actually hold up pretty well for a while at home, too.
Finding Walla Wallas per se may be somewhat random - the places I shop never have more than one variety at a time, and seems to be whatever they can get or whatever's cheapest at the moment. But sweet onions in general are commonplace these days, if they don't have to be specifically WWs.