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May 15, 2010 07:50 AM

Are vidalia onions as mild to eat raw as red onions?

The only onions my family will tolerate raw are red onions. Generally speaking, I only purchase yellow and red onions, but this week I picked up some vidalias. How do these compare in terms of pungency?

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  1. I grew up in Atlanta and I've seen people eat Vidalias like you'd eat an apple! Does that answer your question? :) Vidalias don't store as well as a lot of onions so don't let 'em sit around. One thing I love to do is slice one in half around the "equator", drizzle with olive oil and vinegar (I use balsamic or sherry), put in a foil packet on the grill.

    1. Vidalia onions are significantly "milder" than red onions. In fact, the Vidalia's signature is a higher sugar content than other onions, as well as a much lower sulfer content due to the condition of the soil in that area of Georgia.

      1. Great, thanks to you both, I'm using them raw!

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        1. re: visciole

          In general, that is how you use a sweet onion.... raw. I think about it before I cook with a sweet onion.

          I would usually use a red or a spanish to cook with although there are certainly exceptions.

          In fact, maybe we could post some sweet onion recipes like the following:

          Grilled or roasted sweet onions

          Cut onion from top almost all the way through stopping abut 3/4 of the way through the onion into quarters so you made 2 cuts.

          Put butter between the wedges and if you like some beef bouillon powder.

          Double wrap the onion in aluminum foil.

          Put in the oven at 350- 400 degrees or the grill for 45 minutes or so.

          You will love em!